Gel Stain by General Finishes

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General Finishes Gel Stain produces a durable and easy to apply polyurethane finish. Its unique gel formula is ideal for furniture, crafts and woodworking projects. The Gel form helps to minimize blotches compared to traditional stains, resulting in an even finish even on difficult to stain woods, such as Maple, Aspen or Pine.

Supplied in an easy to control, gel consistency, Gel Stains are easy to apply by wiping on with a rag. There’s no messy splashing, drips, or runs.


Pine is used on the left side, and oak 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.

How to use

Preparation: Sand raw wood with #120 and no finer than #150, remove dust.


  • Using a cloth, foam brush or paint pad applicator, apply a liberal amount of Gel Stain to the area you are working.
  • Divide your project into sections: drawer front, table top, side of chest, etc. Then using a clean cloth wipe off the excess stain in the directions of the grain. Be sure to remove all smudges.
  • Additional coats of stain may be applied to achieve a deeper, richer colour. Allow each coat of stain to dry thoroughly.
  • It is recommended to apply General Finishes Gel Topcoat for additional protection.

Drying Time: Good drying conditions 6-8 hours. Cold or damp conditions, up to 24 hours.

FUMES MAY BE HARMFUL. DANGER OF COMBUSTION. MAY IRRITATE EYES. MAY IRRITATE SKIN. Do not swallow. Do not smoke. Do not mix with other chemicals. Do not get in eyes. Do not get on skin or clothing. Do not breathe fumes. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Wear safety glasses and chemical resistant gloves. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Materials such as rags used with this product may begin to burn by themselves. After use, put rags in water or lay flat to dry, then discard. Keep away from flames or sparks. FIRST AID TREATMENT: Contains petroleum distillates and nonane. If swallowed, call a Poison Control Centre or doctor immediately. Do not induce vomiting. If in eyes, rinse with water for 15 minutes. If on skin, rinse well with water. If breathed in, move person into fresh air.


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

Mineral Spirits, Oil modified urethane resin, Resin, Nonane, Pigments


200 square feet per litre (19,6 square meters per litre)


550 g/L




Solvent Odor


Colored liquid

Shelf Life

1 year, minimum

Tools cleaning

Mineral Spirits

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Great Stain!

Richard Gierczak · May 21, 2020

Goes on like the consistency of pudding with excellent adherence and wood penetration.

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