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1 qt. Gray Oil-Based Interior Wood Gel Stain

  • Use on wood surfaces
  • Covers 200 sq. ft. per quart
  • 1 coat(s) recommended for best results
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Product Overview

Home of the popular Java Gel stain that has been featured across the nation's social media for upcycling furniture and cabinets. Gel Stains are heavy-bodied and do not penetrate as deeply into the wood as liquid oil-based stains do, providing the deepest, richest colors of any oil based stain available. Gel Stains are finely ground pigments oil in urethane. They wipe on and produce beautiful hand rubbed finishes. Gels are a thicker consistency than liquid oil base stains, so no drips, runs or spills.
  • A topcoat is required
  • Recommended topcoats include arm-r-seal (GF.ASQT) and gel stain topcoat (GF.SQ)
  • Gel stains can be mixed together with other gel stains to make more stain options
  • Can be used on raw wood only for best results
  • Ideal drying conditions are 70F and 70% humidity
  • Dry-time to touch is 8 hours
  • Dry-time to re-coat with stain is 24 hours
  • Dry-time to re-coat with stain when using the wipe-off method is 24-48 hours
  • Dry-time to apply an oil-based topcoat is 24-48 hours
  • Dry-time to apply water-based topcoats is at least 72 hours
  • Dry-time before light use is 7-10 days
  • Each dry-time may be longer if used over existing finishes
  • Cure time is 30 days
  • Viscosity is very thick
  • Gel stain will not amber
  • Gel stain can be applied by apply on/wipe off method, painting the stain on or dry brushing
  • Gel stain cannot be sprayed
  • Not recommended mixing this product with products from other brands
  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
  • California residents

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Container Size1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart
Base MaterialOil BasedOil BasedOil BasedOil Based
Paint/Stain FeaturesNo DripNo DripNo DripNo Drip
TransparencySemi-TransparentSemi-TransparentSemi-TransparentSemi-Transparent
Product FormGelGelGelGel
Number of coats recommended1111
Wood EffectsNo Additional EffectNo Additional EffectNo Additional EffectNo Additional Effect
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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 Quart
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)
200

Details

Application Method
Brush,Pad,Roller
Base Material
Oil Based
Color Family
Gray
Color/Finish
Gray
Dry to touch (min.)
480
Interior/Exterior
Interior
Number of coats recommended
1
Number per Package
1
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Mineral Spirits
Paint/Stain Features
No Drip
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
General Purpose
Product Form
Gel
Returnable
90-Day
Substrate Condition
Bare Wood,Finished Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished Wood
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Wood
Time before recoating (hours)
24
Transparency
Semi-Transparent
Vertical/Horizontal
Vertical / Horizontal
Wood Effects
No Additional Effect

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
No

Questions & Answers

24Questions8Answers

How bad are the fumes? Is the odor strong ?

Asked by Chris January 31, 2021
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Can you use this over a built-in hallway cabinet that was painted white previously? The cabinet ...

Asked by BayRunner January 10, 2021
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Yes, absolutely! The coverage of this item is amazing. Of course it’ll take more than one coat, but the finished project is always rich & worth it!

Since this is oil based, how bad is the smell?

Asked by Love2diy November 24, 2020
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Do I need to strip the current stain or finish off before applying this gel?

Asked by Vicky November 9, 2020
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You should test in the inside of your cabinet. I know you need to sand natural wood a little to have something for the gel to soak to.

Can this be used outside - perhaps covered with waterseal?

Asked by Lmm August 28, 2020
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It’s 100 degrees outside, do i have to open windows for ventilation ?!?!?! I never thought of th...

Asked by Ali July 30, 2020
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Ventilation is always a good idea with an oil based product.

Can you use this on engineered hardwood flooring?

Asked by JP July 27, 2020
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In my experience (intermediate DIYer) I don't know why you couldn't. While I have never done my engineered hard wood, my experience with real wood, plywood, melamine, particle board, just about everything else, I can't come up with a reason why it wouldn't work. I would make sure to poly it good since its a floor. Try it on a scrap piece to make sure you like it first. If you don't have one, the big box stores often have sample pieces lying around.

I need to get this shipped out asap to start my project during my vacation next week. Do you hav...

Asked by bobz June 14, 2020
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Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. Bobz, this item has a processing time of two days after the order is placed, then 7 days transit time. Hope this helps. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future. -The Home Depot-

can this oil based stain be used over the General finishes water based stain that was previously ...

Asked by Disappointed April 10, 2020
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I have ebony oak stained 40year old cabinets. Will a light color gel lighten the color we have now

Asked by Bigred April 8, 2020
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No. With gel stain in any brand you can go easily go darker, or change the tone, but you cannot go lighter unless you completely strip the old color and re-stain lighter.

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.9
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  • 95% recommend this product
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Love the ease of using the General Finishes gel stain...
Love the ease of using the General Finishes gel stain in the Java color. Completely transformed our master bathroom cabinets and front bathroom cabinets!! They look awesome- like new.
by HomeDepotCustomer
This is a great gel stain and it goes a LONG way. I used the Wooster Foam King paintbrushes with...
This is a great gel stain and it goes a LONG way. I used the Wooster Foam King paintbrushes with it for a really smooth finish. This gel stain is so forgiving, and I didn't want a painted look so this is why I went the stain route. I was able to stain ten chairs, a kitchen table, a few other items with this one can. Some items were several coats, other items only one coat. I had spray painted a dining hutch and side board black years ago, so those items really only needed one coat but the chairs and table needed about three coats each. When my husband saw the can he said you're not going to have enough and he was thinking that about just the kitchen table and chairs. He is very impressed. I absolutely love the finish.
by Heather
I absolutely love this gel stain. I decided to refinish my dining table after seeing a video on Y...
I absolutely love this gel stain. I decided to refinish my dining table after seeing a video on YouTube. It was a total project but the stain did its job. Loved the color and turn out. I loved it so much I did my coffee table and my end tables as well.
by Nelly
1 person found this helpful
YES YOU CAN USE IT ON FLOORS!
I wanted my floors done in Java. I called the company and they said yes you can do floors, it’s not just for furniture. I have about 2000 sq. Ft., it didn’t even take two gallons. Finished it off with a satin finish. They are beautiful
by ST43
1 person found this helpful
Very easy to work with..Love the change it has made..
Very easy to work with..Love the change it has made..
by Java
Turn out awesome
Turn out awesome
by Midnight
product was very simple to use. Plenty of videos online and from General Finishes. I covered 25 y...
product was very simple to use. Plenty of videos online and from General Finishes. I covered 25 yr old oak cabinets with 2 coats of gel stain, not wiping off stain after applying . 2nd coat covered completely, used a good quality brush for both applications and followed instructions on can. make sure to have adequate ventilation !!!!! as described.very happy with results , finished with 3 coats of general finishes water based satin.
by Lou
I used this product to remodel stair ballisters and hand rails along with a piece of furniture. T...
I used this product to remodel stair ballisters and hand rails along with a piece of furniture. The coverage is amazing and the results are fantastic. This gel stain does require several coats of clear top coat to protect the finish on any project, so figure that in at the same time when special ordering the stain from Home Depot. I did confirm by calling General Finished customer service that though this stain is 'Oil Based'..that a 'Water Based' clear top coat can be used (Less chemical smell and easier clean up) , so I ordered Traditional Finishes 'Performance' W/B Top Coat. Start with 'wiping' on a light first coat layer Gel Stain (I used Blue Shop Towels) ..let dry (24hrs is best for all drying times)..apply a second coat using a foam brush (Have several on hand as they don't last long)..let the stain dry..touch up any missed areas with a very light amount by again wiping on..let dry and then two to three light coats of Top Coat...It is a bit time consuming but the results of your efforts will be a very proffesional look to your finished project!
by Jimbo
4 people found this helpful
Easy to use. Made an older vanity look fresh and new.
Easy to use. Made an older vanity look fresh and new.
by Drpanache
1 person found this helpful
My cabinets were very tired "retro" appearance. I wanted a dramatic update. Decided to apply 2 h...
My cabinets were very tired "retro" appearance. I wanted a dramatic update. Decided to apply 2 heavy coats with a brush. No rag wiping. Long drying time between coats of gel stain, cuz my brush application was thick. Very happy with results! Note: I painted cabinet doors while hanging - did not remove hinges. I applied 1 coat of gel stain with the grain and 2nd coat ACROSS the grain for complete coverage. I lost some grain definition with this technique. Next time I will only paint with the grain and expect to apply more coats.
by cher
2 people found this helpful
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