General Finishes Gel Stains contain urethane, which allows the gel stains to be used for finishing over existing top coats, stains, and paints. The material is cheap, soaks up stain well and the rounded edge minimises brush marks whilst keeping my hands clean holding the clip. We always like two coats of wood putty on big holes like this to account for any shrinking or dips (after the first one and the first round of sanding it’s rarely ready for the next step, so going into it expecting two coats is a nice check-yourself-before-you-wreck-yourself step). Every piece will take it differently unless you tone the wood first with a spray toner. I just did a distressed furniture attempt but my stain became sticky and now my nightstand isn’t drying.
This is a great product that doesn’t run, and seems to dry a bit slower than the Wood Stain. While the Minwax Water Based Wood Stain is easy to use, I find that it dries too fast for anything but the smallest projects. I then added a bunch more alcohol to thin the mixture even further and applied a fresh coat of gel stain. Water-based polyurethane is really quite different from oil-based polyurethane. Rewet the surface with more stain and lightly rub the stain into the surface, blending light and dark areas.
Minwax also uses the least amount of pigment that I have seen from just about any manufacture. If you mess up, use a slightly dampened mineral spirits rag to remove unwanted areas that need to be reworked. For the best results, select a pre-stain wood conditioner, stain and finish with the same solvent. Under normal conditions, Minwax Decking Stain should dry to the touch within 2 hours.
My guess is that either the can of finish was bad or that it was very humid when you applied it. Your best bet is probably to strip the side again and apply a fresh, thin coat of polyurethane from a new can when drying conditions are favorable. I completely ruined another project at the very end by spraying poly to protect it – found out the hard way that the vinegar opens up the wood so the ink feathered out and I had to sand it down and start all over.
If you’re staining it’s best to use wood putty that matches the tone of your wood, but we made this lighter stuff work just by dabbing a little more stain on the puttied parts with each coat of stain. To ensure that any stain penetrates and fills oak’s deep pores, apply a liberal amount of stain to the wood, then work it into the pores using a cloth in a swirling motion. Minwax® Wood Finish is designed to deposit colorants in the wood pores, not on the surface of the wood. He needs to input what he does, so you can use similar products-stain and finish- to get the color you want.
If you are applying gel over another finish you need to clean the surface well with a mixture of one-half water and one-half denatured alcohol Dip a maroon Norton Non-Woven Sanding Pad into cleaning solution, and scrub surface to make sure any contaminates, such as wax or oil, are cleaned off the surface. There is no need to sand the wood surface with anything higher than 180-grit sandpaper prior to finishing. In other words, it is one of those methods that people spend time perfecting and manage to make work with their particular stain products and regimens.
But after some searching around I found Minwax’s water based White Wash Pickling stain. Once the final coat of stain is dry, you may want to apply a polyacrylic finish to seal the stain. Yes, oak is a hard wood which also means it obsorbs stain at a slower rate than a soft wood like pine. Remove the last of any unabsorbed stain with a dry cloth wiped only in the direction of the grain of the wood. The top edges of this little stand seem a bit unfinished to me, so I’ve decided to add some strips of decorative wood trim. I am having the same problem, I striped the old stain on a Mahogany Buffet, sanded and put the conditioner. The idea is to be careful in the amounts of Minwax that you dump into your lacquer.
Afterwards remove any unabsorbed stain by rubbing a clean cloth in the direction of the grain of the board. What is the problem using Minwax Stain (Oil Based NOT Water Based) Brushing it on and working it in. 24 Hour Dry, 2/3 Coats of Wipe On Poly that dries in an hour, with 0000 Steel Wool in between, Vacumed off Well. Hi Nancy, while doing a lot …. and I mean A LOT” of research on the Minwax Polyshades I came across your site and I found a lot of great information here.
Allow stain to dry for a minimum of 8 hours (dry time may be extended due to high humidity, low temperatures, or inadequate ventilation). Recommended finishes include Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Helmsman Spar Urethane Slight ambering may occur when these clear finishes are applied over light-colored stains. While gel stain does go on thick and sit on the surface of the wood, I found that you can still see and feel the natural wood grain beneath, unlike paint. Sheen: The sheen is dependent on the sheen of the polyurethane you use in your mix.
It dries more slowly than water based stain, giving me more time to apply it, particularly on large surfaces like table tops. Years ago, I got a couple unfinished tables and stained that — I’m sure — with Minwax stain. The stain marker did a great job of fixing the color of the chipped areas – but because of the depth of the chips, they still seemed quite visible.
Use natural breaks (window, doors) as boundaries to divide large areas into more manageable work areas. I am starting with an oak hutch cabinet it doesn’t have polyurethane on it. Do I still need to sand before applying a coat of paint. The best conditioners are water based, and can be used with solvent or waterbased stains and topcoats. I love nitrate gloves because they don’t rip, stain doesn’t penetrate them, they stay in place, and you can rinse them off so they’re reusable!
Using a pre-stain on red oak can help close the pores to reduce the stain absorbed. We really liked that there was still some visible wood grain (our Espresso vanity upstairs doesn’t really have much of that, but we wanted to see some in the kitchen). This method is mentioned in the Sherwin-Williams Chemical Coatings catalog, but you must use their Sher-Wood line of stains.
If you try to finish over it with a brush, some of the stain will probably come off on the brush and give the surface an uneven look. In other words, you may spend more time using this type of finish than the Woodworking Stain & Poly method. To avoid overexposure, open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. This thick-bodied stain is ideal for vertical application and works on both wood and non-wood surfaces. Doug Fir can take stain a little unevenly so I would recommend wiping the wood down with water first to open up the grain.
Next, be sure to wipe away the dust well and then apply the Minwax PolyShades with a foam or bristle brush. A protective clear finish for interior or exterior wood that is exposed to sunlight, water or temperature changes. The problem is that I was worried about doing the stain in sections and getting join lines. Oh and between coats you’re supposed to rub the existing coat with some very fine steel wood (000 grade), which doesn’t visibly damage the finish, it just roughs it up enough for the second coat to hold nice and firmly. I have also had to touch up finishes where gnats got stuck in drying paint/gel stain.
If you were putting on a solvent-based stain (something thinned with mineral spirits), you’d be okay at this staining stage to put stain on just one side. Like buttah I tell ya. I use an Annie Sloan wax brush for applying although, in full disclosure, I find the handle to be a little bulky. Once the stain has dried, apply a clear finish to protect both the stain and the wood — and to make the final results look even more beautiful. On woods with large, open pores, such as oak, mahogany and ash, increase your pressure to work the stain into the pores.
I almost exclusively use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on all of my furniture revivals. That’s my take on it. I painted the brown color to give it more of a stained wood look. If the chairs are a lighter wood, you may be able to use the PolyShades in a darker shade to match the table. By wiping the stain on and wiping it off, you achieve very fine, transparent coats.
Now I know that making a decision on how to stain and seal butcher block countertops can be quite stressful. I shook the marker well, then depressed the tip to start the flow of the stain. Adding stain — which contains dyes and pigments blended with either mineral spirits or water — to bare or stripped wood can both change the colour and highlight the grain pattern of any interior wood. Allow the stain to penetrate for up to 5 minutes, then wipe off any stain that has not absorbed into the wood, using a clean cloth.