Water based Dye Stain by General Finishes

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General Finishes Water based Dye Stains are unique, ultra-penetrating stains designed to work like solvent based stains. They exhibit excellent transparency, color, & clarity.

General Finishes Water based Dye Stains' deep rich tones enhance the wood grain and produce vibrant colours especially woods like cherry, walnut and maple. They can also be used as a toner when mixed with General Finishes water based topcoats.


Maple is used on the left side, and cherry is used on the right side of each picture.

Colors shown are for information purposes only: Actual colors may vary from the color on your screen due to monitor differences.

Direction for 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.
  • General Finishes Dye Stains can be applied with foam brush, rag, pad applicator or spray. If applied by spray application you have the option of spray no wipe. Spray the surface evenly and let the stain dry completely.
  • A second coat of stain will darken the colour. It is essential to use liberal amounts of stain to insure easy workability.
  • Stain complete section (a side, top, or drawer) and wipe off excess evenly with a clean, dry cloth before starting next section.
  • Light buffing of the stain coat is not recommended but optional. Be careful not to buff through the stain, particularly on the edges. Use a super fine sanding pad or #320 or higher grit sandpaper.

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.


946 ml · Amber $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Blue $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Cinnamon $25.95 Out of stock
946 ml · Dark Brown $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Ebony $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Empire Red $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Green $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Light Brown $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Medium Brown $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Merlot $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Orange $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Pewter $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Vintage Cherry $25.95 In stock
946 ml · Yellow $25.95 In stock


Classification Wood Stains and Dyes
Brand General Finishes
Size 946 ml
Sold Since March 26, 2014

Water, Acrylic Polymer, Butyl Carbitol, Proprietary Pgiements/Dyes


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


160 to 350 g/l depending on the color. Consult the Material Safety Data Sheet for further information.




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


Alcohol Odor


Tinted liquid


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

Shelf Life

6 months, 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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