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1 qt. Kona Wood Interior Gel Stain

  • Thick 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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Product Overview

Varathane 1 qt. Kona 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.
  • 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 8 hours before applying oil-based poly and 24 hours before water based poly
  • 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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1 qt. Kona Wood Interior Gel Stain
BrandGeneral FinishesGeneral FinishesVarathane
Name1-pt. Java Oil-Based Interior Wood Gel Stain1-qt. Java Oil-Based Interior Wood Gel Stain1 qt. Kona Wood Interior Gel Stain
Container Size1 Pint1 Quart1 Quart
Base MaterialOil BasedOil BasedOil Based
Paint/Stain FeaturesNo DripNo DripNo Drip
Product FormGelGelGel
Number of coats recommended111
Wood EffectsNo Additional EffectNo Additional EffectNo Additional Effect
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Container Size
1 Quart
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)


Application Method
Brush,Wipe On
Base Material
Oil Based
Color Family
Dry to touch (min.)
Number of coats recommended
Number per Package
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Mineral Spirits
Paint/Stain Features
No Drip
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
General Purpose
Product Form
Substrate Condition
Bare Wood,Finished Wood,Old/Reclaimed Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished Wood
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Time before recoating (hours)
Vertical / Horizontal
Wood Effects
No Additional Effect

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

Questions & Answers


Can I use shellac sealer waxed over gel stain ?

Asked by Maldini3 March 31, 2021

Thank you for reaching out! Yes, a waxed shellac such as our Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac may be applied over our Varathane Gel Stain: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-1-qt-Clear-Shellac-Traditional-Finish-and-Sealer-00304H/100203332 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

Is gel stain available in small cans?

Asked by Win March 19, 2021

We hate to disappoint, Win, but we do not offer the Rust-Oleum Varathane Gel Stain in a size smaller than a quart. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 1

Why does it say I can use this to immitate wood on metal?

Asked by mick January 30, 2021

Happy to help, Mick! Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Gel Stain can be used on metal and fiberglass surfaces in addition to wood. The product can be applied as is, or a graining tool can also be used. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

Do I wipe off this gel stain or can I leave it on thick to dry like polyshades? It said it can b...

Asked by mick January 29, 2021

Happy to help, Mick! Applying thicker coats will prevent Rust-Oleum Varathane Gel Stain from properly drying. For the best results, we do recommend wiping off the excess stain. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

Does this work well on porous wood?

Asked by buck January 28, 2021

Happy to help! Rust-Oleum Varathane Gel Stain can be used on bare wood. If worried about softer woods, we recommend starting with Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Conditioner. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Wood-Conditioner-2-Pack-342087/305709326 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

can I use this on stainless steel?

Asked by Maria January 18, 2021

We can help you, Maria! Rust-Oleum Varathane Gel Stain is suitable for use over wood, fiberglass, and veneer, but it will not be able to adhere or dry well over metal. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5

I have a white beam running across my living room that I want to make dark again but do not what ...

Asked by Ryan January 6, 2021

Hi Ryan, you would need to remove existing finishes and paint from the wood prior to staining with our Varathane Gel Stain. If you can give us a call at 800-901-0411, we will be happy to recommend the best product and process to get the beam refinished once we learn a bit more about your project. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

Can I lightly sand the wood after applying the stain and the clear coat (the polyurethane left small bubbles...)?

Asked by chriswillmorris November 29, 2020

Sounds like your poly coat is the issue. Over stirring, brushing, can cause this. I find if you use a foam roller after it’s applied, and roll in one direction, this won’t happen. At this point, I would give it a gentle sanding with 220, and reapply polyurethane coat. This should remedy your issue.

Do I need to apply pre stain conditioner before using gel stain? If yes, oil-based or water-based?

Asked by gs November 15, 2020


After applying stain and letting it dry for two days I’m now noticing spots, what is happening

Asked by Ll67 October 22, 2020

Thank you for reaching out! We want to hear more about your application with Rust-Oleum Varathane Gel Stain to try and best troubleshoot what may have happened and how to best correct it. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.3
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  • 78% recommend this product
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Stained the entryway table beautifully and was easy to apply...
Stained the entryway table beautifully and was easy to apply
by HomeDepotCustomer
I love the dark stain it gives pine wood...
I love the dark stain it gives pine wood
by TY
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.
by Bernadette
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?
by jmluke1
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
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).
by Lindz
2 people found this helpful
easy peasey
I had never used gel stain but this waso easy. Love the color too. Easy update to our rail.
by shopsalot
I was able tp paint a 3 quarter edge with no dripping. Love it!
I was able tp paint a 3 quarter edge with no dripping. Love it!
by Jq
Went on easily and results are beautiful. Painted my Honey Oak cabinets and wanted a deeper tone ...
Went on easily and results are beautiful. Painted my Honey Oak cabinets and wanted a deeper tone for the trim along my countertops, it came exactly how I wanted it to.
by MamaBare
2 people found this helpful
We stained the posts in front of our house. The...
We stained the posts in front of our house. The product worked great! Loved the color! Easy to use!
by Marianne
2 people found this helpful
I have never used a gel stain before - during the quarantine mandate I decided to tackle my Great...
I have never used a gel stain before - during the quarantine mandate I decided to tackle my Great grandmother's dresser that I've had for years and just never did anything with. What was the worst that could happen? It was old, and had some major water damage to the top and down the front (from plants they kept and water had ran over onto the wood). I had some extra paint to use on the main frame and wanted to stain the front and top. It is like a completely different dresser!!! If you get up close you can still tell where the wood has a different tone, but at first glance you would never know (I do because I know where to look). I don't think I will ever go back to using a standard liquid stain again. Now I'm looking for other things I can use the gel stain on. I'm hooked.
by Coley
1 person found this helpful
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