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Water based Wood Stain by General Finishes


General Finishes Water based Wood Stains are unique pigmented stains formulated to perform like oil based stains. Their safety make them perfect for children's toys and furniture.

General Finishes Water based Wood Stains' unique semi-gel formula allows a better control on stain penetration, while also preventing pigment settling. Another added benefit is that the structure of the semi-gel breaks down easily when mixed or stirred, providing an easy to apply, smooth and creamy stain.

General Finishes Water based Wood Stains are the result of a proprietary blend of pigments and dyes which provide excellent depth and clarity.

How to use

Preparation: To insure surfaces are clean of all grease and oils and smooth enough for staining, sand all surfaces with the grain using #120 and finishing with #220 grit paper. Remove dust.

- Stir well prior to use.
- Apply liberally with a foam brush or a paint pad applicator. It’s essential to use liberal amounts of stain to insure easy workability.
- Stain a complete section (a side, top, or drawer) and wipe off the excess evenly with a clean, dry cloth before starting the next section.
- For mistakes (rag marks, lap mark, missed spot), re-wet the area and wipe out evenly with a clean cloth. Light buffing the stain coat is optional. Be careful not to buff through the stain, particularly on the edges. Use either #320 or finer sandpaper or a fine buffing pad.
- A second coat may be applied to darken the color.


  • Foam brush or paint pad applicator.
  • Can also be applied via spray

Dry Time: Dry time is normally 2-4 hours under ideal conditions (70°F or 21°C, 70% humidity). Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will prolong drying time up to 8-10 hours.

Top Coats: All top coats (water based, solvent based, lacquer based) work well over General Finishes Water Based Wood Stains.


Category Stains
Brand General Finishes
Sold Since March 26, 2014

Water, Dipropylene glycol mono ethyl ether, propanol, propylene glycol


14,73 m2/litre (160 sq feet per litre)


77-99 g/l depending on the color




If necessary, can be thinned with 10-20% water


Mild solvent odor


Tinted liquid


Protect from freezing. Do not use the product if it has frozen.


1 year, minimum

Tools cleaning

Warm, soapy water


All water based, solvent based or lacquer based top coats are compatible with General Finishes Water Based Wood Stains.

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