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1 qt. Hickory Wood Interior Gel Stain

  • Thick gel stain for use on vertical surfaces to apply rich color
  • Sticks to wood, metal and fiberglass to prevent drips or runs
  • Easy to use stain covers up to 200 sq. ft. per quart
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Varathane 1 qt. Hickory Wood Interior Gel Stain is a convenient and easy to use stain that provides deep, rich color to enhance the natural grain of the wood. Rich, thick stain formula provides twice the coverage of traditional oil-based stains. Thicker consistency prevents drips and runs.
  • Gel Stain designed to enhance natural grain of wood surfaces, works especially well for doors, molding, windows, trim, paneling and other vertical surfaces
  • Covers up to 200 sq. ft., most surfaces require only 1 coat
  • Semi-transparent formula provides a natural color that allows wood grain to come through
  • Easy to use gel formula provides ultimate control during vertical application
  • Will not leave lap marks or grain raise on surfaces
  • Use to create a natural wood look on metal, fiberglass and composite doors
  • Cleans up with mineral spirits
  • Works on interior or exterior surfaces, protect with appropriate polyurethane following use
  • Allow a minimum 8 hours before applying oil-based poly and 24 hours before water based poly
  • Dry times may be longer on finished wood or non-wood surfaces and may be affected by temperature or humidity
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  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
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Container Size1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart
Base MaterialOil BasedOil BasedOil BasedOil Based
Paint/Stain FeaturesNo DripNo DripFast Drying,Top Coat RequiredNo Drip
Wood EffectsNo Additional EffectNo Additional EffectNo Additional EffectNo Additional Effect
Product FormGelGelLiquidLiquid
Number of coats recommended1111
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)200 ft²200 ft²275 ft²200 ft²
Surface Material UseWoodWoodWoodWood
Dry to touch (min.)120 min120 min60 min120 min
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Container Size1 QuartCoverage Area (sq. ft.)200 ft²


Application MethodBrush,Wipe OnBase MaterialOil Based
Color FamilyBrownColor/FinishHickory
Dry to touch (min.)120 minInterior/ExteriorInterior
Number of coats recommended1Number per Package1
Paint/Stain Clean UpMineral SpiritsPaint/Stain FeaturesNo Drip
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypeGeneral PurposeProduct FormGel
Substrate ConditionBare Wood,Finished Wood,Old/Reclaimed Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished WoodSurface Material UseWood
Time before recoating (hours)2TransparencySemi-Transparent
Vertical/HorizontalVertical / HorizontalWood EffectsNo Additional Effect

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Great product!
So easy to use to achieve the Look I wanted. Minimal effort if you follow the directions. I painted the base coat rosewood color and used a sponge stain applicator and brush to get the wood look. Paint it with the grain of the wood and direction of the boards. Vertical board get stained vertical. Pretty easy. Took my plain boring white wooden door to stunning! Stained before the driveway was installed but this product doesn’t drip.
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    Best result
    I used 3 big cans of this stain to transform all yellow oak we had in house from stairs to door frames and window frames. You have to get experience to know how and how much to apply and how to clean. The image shows only one coat of it. I get used to how get result in only one coat. Very nice and easy to apply just don’t wait to dry and clean because it will be extremely hard. Apply and very gently clean the extra and remove line of brush or rag and leave it to dry. I used rag
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      Great color retention.
      Used it on Halloween props. Easy to use and great color.
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      • Recommended
      1 found this review helpful
      Best color ever!
      Great to work with for vertical surfaces or a finishing location as mess is very limited. If you want this product to be a bit thinner to more easily get into the cracks of doors etc. I put about 1/2 cup of the left over premium stain into the gel stain mixed well with wood stirrer. It thinned it up and stained just as well without the splattering mess of the non gel stain. For best results stain remover to desired stain darkness with lint free cloth (old socks work the best on you hands like mittens) let dry overnight before top coat as the gel takes more time to dry in the cracks.
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        1 found this review helpful
        I have used several different colors of varathane gel stain, and I get perfect results every time...
        I have used several different colors of varathane gel stain, and I get perfect results every time. You don't even need to use wood conditioner... Just wipe it on, wait a few minutes, and wipe it off. It looks exactly like it is supposed to.
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        • Recommended
        2 found this review helpful
        Stained the entryway table beautifully and was easy to apply...
        Stained the entryway table beautifully and was easy to apply
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        I love the dark stain it gives pine wood...
        I love the dark stain it gives pine wood
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        Love it! So easy to use. Really covers. I...
        Love it! So easy to use. Really covers. I used it on a cabinet with a veneer finish.
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        Should have left the cabinet's an ugly golden oak
        Rust-oleum keeps stating something is amiss, their product is A Miss. I used deglosser, Krud Kutter degreaser, TSP, sanded, wiped down, washed with soap and dried. It's been 54 hours and still tacky/wet/wipes off. Waited 3min 42sec after applying 1st coat to wipe down excess gel stain. Am I supposed to wipe some of the product off or part of it or all of it? When I lightly wipe it most of the gel stain comes off and leaves the oak with a slight tan. I think after a year of staining and drying, my cabinets should be almost Kona color light. Is this normal?
        Response from Rust-OleumSupportNov 3, 2020
        Happy to help! To prep the surface for Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Gel Stain, any existing coating must be removed by sanding or with a stripper. The bare wood should then be prepped by sanding in the direction of the grain. Begin with #120 grit sandpaper and progress through #150, #180 and #220 grits. Remove all sanding dust with a vacuum or clean rag dampened with mineral spirits. This will ensure the pores are properly opened in the wood and promote proper penetration of the stain. The first coat should be applied going against the grain. You will then work with the grain to even out the color. After a few minutes, all excess stain needs to be wiped off with a clean soft cloth. Additional coats can then be applied as needed to darken the color.
        - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
          2 found this review helpful
          Awesome stain!
          I absolutely love this stain. I used it to paint a white fiberglass garage door. The consistency is thick and doesn’t drip. The color is like espresso, dark, deep brown. It took 2 coats to get the desired look. First coat was really streaky looking. Gel stain did take about 18 hours for the first coat to dry. This could be because it was cooler out. Highly recommend. First picture is the before. Second picture is after one coat. Third picture is right after I finished(top still looks wet).
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            3 found this review helpful
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