General Finishes Gel Stains - Quart

$ 38.99

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General Finishes Gel Stain is a great way to upcycle furniture and cabinets. The Gel Stain is very thick and resists runs and drips so you can easily stain existing cabinetry.  Gel stain can go on top of existing top coats so there is no need to completely strip old finishes. 

Gel wood stains are heavy-bodied and do not penetrate as deeply into the wood as liquid oil-based wipe-on stains do, providing the deepest, richest colors of any oil-based stain available. Color swatches shown on Maple.

The following materials will be needed to prep and refinish cabinetry with Gel Stain:

Also available in pints.

Don't forget your brushes and sandpaper!

Note: Colors shown are for reference only. Your results may vary based on species, grain, sanding, etc.


Base Type: Oil
Interior or Exterior: Interior only
Type: Oil Based Stain
Coats: 1+ coats
Application Method: Brush, Roll, Wipe On with Clean Rag
Usable over existing finishes: Yes
Sprayable: No
Topcoat Required: Yes
Dry Time - Touch: Raw Wood (8+ hrs.), Existing Finish wipe-off (12-24+ hrs.),
Dry Time - Recoat: Raw Wood (12-24 hrs.), Existing Finish wipe-off (72+ hrs.)
Dry Time - Recoat - Applied Over Water Based Product: 72 hrs.
Coverage: 150-200 sq. ft.
Viscosity: Very Thick


Raw wood

  1. Prep sand with 120-grit sandpaper followed by 150-grit sandpaper. Do not over-sand with fine-grit sandpapers; this will close and seal the wood grain, preventing ideal color absorption.
  2. Remove dust with a vacuum, compressed air, a tack cloth or a water-dampened rag.
  3. Let dry completely before applying General Finishes product. 

    Sealed surface

    1. Scuff clean with a Scotch Brite pad or maroon synthetic steel wool and a 50:50 mix of denatured alcohol and water. 
    2. Dry 1-2 hours.
    3. Sand lightly with a 220-320-grit foam sanding sponge.
    4. Remove dust with a vacuum, compressed air, a tack cloth or a water-dampened rag.
    5. Let dry completely before applying General Finishes product.

      Dry Brushing Over an Existing Finish

      1. Test your complete finishing process before starting. The stain color is affected by variances in wood and deepened with the application of topcoat.
      2. Apply stain with a natural bristle brush or foam brush. Go in the direction of the grain.
      3. Feather out uneven areas and pull excess stain from corners using a bristle brush. Discharge accumulated stain from the brush onto a paper towel soaked with mineral spirits as you work.
      4. Let the stain dry 72+ hours in ideal conditions: 70°F/20°C, 50% humidity. You can tell if an oil-based finish is dry if it is no longer tacky, and cool to the touch.
      5. Optional: Apply a second coat to deepen the color. Apply no more than 2 coats.

      SKU: OQ

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 5 reviews
      Barb Neuhaeusler
      Best price I found anywhere

      I have bought this many times and was disappointed it doubled in price until I found this sight. I like the product but this is the first time I used it to change a blonde oak kitchen to more of a brown. I felt it was a very difficult project cause I only used one coat of Java stain. I’m use to putting on several coats. So you don’t have to worry so much about evenness I’m very particular and would probably stick to smaller projects with this stain in the future

      Best product

      General Finishes gel stain is the best brand of gel stain (I've tried several). It's so smooth and easy to use. Beautiful, natural colors. I highly recommend it and the seller, OakTree Supply. Super nice and super fast shipping. Thank you!!

      T. Walters
      Fast, great service

      First just wanted to say the service was great. I did call ahead to verify they had what I needed in stock.
      The products I ordered were, General Finish gel stain in Black & Java.
      I have used this product before and love it. The gel stain is my go to.

      Great service

      Timely and accurate transactions when ordering and receiving two cans of stain for a desk I am refinishing.

      Kerri Walz
      Love the product!

      Love the product!