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Wood Stain

General Finishes Water Based Wood Stains are formulated to provide workability similar to oil-based stains. They spread easily, can be repaired, blend effortlessly and have plenty of open time. The thicker formula of these wood stains allows for controlled penetration, and their high-quality pigments produce rich, dark, uniform colors on hard-to-stain woods like maple and pine. Low odor, low VOC, water cleanup and noncombustible.​

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Before applying stain, all raw wood projects require preparation sanding, and all existing finishes require prep cleaning and sanding. If you skip this critical step, your finish may fail.

 

  • Preparation for Raw Wood Projects

See our video: How to Prep Sand Raw Wood

  1. Sand open-grain wood (e.g., oak, ash, mahogany, parawood) with 180-grit sandpaper followed by 220-grit sandpaper.

  2. Sand closed-grain wood (e.g., cherry, pine, maple, birch, alder) with 150-grit sandpaper followed by 180-grit sandpaper.

  3. Remove dust with a water-dampened rag or oil-free tack cloth.

  4. Do not over-sand with fine-grit sandpapers; this will close and seal the wood grain, preventing ideal color absorption.

  5. Do NOT use steel wool with water-based finishes; the particles will get trapped in the finish and rust.

 

  • Reducing Grain Raise on Raw Wood

To reduce grain raise, dampen the wood with water after prep sanding. Let dry completely, then lightly sand with fine-grade (220-320) foam sanding pad or 400-grit sandpaper.

 

  • Preparation for Projects with an Existing Finish


For high-use areas with heavy grime build-up and oil from hands, give your project a deeper cleaning. See our video: How to Prepare Existing Finishes

  1. Scuff clean with a Scotch Brite pad and a 50:50 mix of denatured alcohol and water. Dry 1-2 hours. Avoid cleaning with products containing phosphates (salt), which can linger in the substrate and produce a white haze. If your project requires a deeper cleaning, see Power Prep Cleaning Highly Used Existing Finishes below.

  2. Sand lightly with a fine-grade (220-320) foam sanding pad or 400-grit sandpaper.

  3. Remove dust with a non-sticky tack cloth or a water-dampened rag. 

  4. Let dry completely before applying General Finishes product.

 

  • Power Prep Cleaning Highly Used Existing Finishes

See our video: How to Power Prep Existing High Use Finishes for Stain or Paint

  1. Scrub clean with a detergent, such as Spic and Span or Dawn, using a Scotch Brite pad.

  2. Rinse well with water.

  3. Scrub clean with a Scotch Brite pad and a 50:50 mix of denatured alcohol and water. Dry 1-2 hours.

  4. Sand lightly with a fine-grade (220-320) foam sanding pad or 400-grit sandpaper.

  5. Remove dust with a non-sticky tack cloth or a water-dampened rag. 

  6. Let dry completely before applying General Finishes product.

 

Alternative Cleaning Solutions for Existing Finishes (Not as aggressive or effective as denatured alcohol; requires rinsing.) 

  1. 50:50 mix of bleach and water 

  2. 50:50 mix of vinegar and water

  3. Mineral spirits can be used when working with water-based products, but only if the surface is thoroughly rinsed and allowed to dry for 72 hours.

  • Hand-Application over Raw Wood:

 

  1. Stir stain to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can before and throughout the application process.

  2. If desired, thin stain with 10-15% distilled water or General Finishes Extender. The extender will improve flow and leveling and increase open time, which is helpful in dry climates.

  3. An initial coat of General Finishes Pre-Stain Conditioner Natural can improve color uniformity over difficult-to-stain wood species such as pine. However, it will limit color absorption, so a darker stain may be required to get the depth of color you want.

  4. Test your complete finishing process before starting. The stain color is affected by variances in wood and deepened with the application of topcoat.

  5. Divide your project into manageable sections: top, side, drawer, door, table seam.

  6. Apply a LIBERAL amount of stain to ensure easy workability using an acrylic bristle brush, foam brush, pad applicator or roller. If not enough stain is used, the surface may dry too quickly, causing an uneven appearance. On large projects, leave a wet edge between sections to prevent lap lines.

  7. Stain a complete section and wipe off the excess evenly with the grain using quality paper towel or shop towel. Check for missed spots and lap marks before moving to the next section. Do NOT use cotton t-shirts to wipe away stain because they will "push" the stain around and not absorb it.

  8. Immediately correct lap marks by rewetting the entire working area with stain and wiping off the excess.

  9. Pull excess stain out of corners and details with a bristle brush.

  10. Let the stain dry 2-4 hours in ideal conditions: 50-70% humidity, 70*F/20*C. Be sure to allow adequate dry time. If in doubt, wait longer. Increase dry time if: 

    • Humidity is over 80%

    • 3+ coats are applied (not recommended)

    • Thick coats are applied

    • Working over a previously existing finish

    • To accelerate dry time in humid conditions, add General Finishes Accelerator before applying and work in a space with good ventilation and air movement. If you decide to re-coat before the recommended time, test dryness. 

  11. Optional: apply a second coat to deepen the color. Apply no more than 2 coats.

  12. Finish with 3 coats of General Finishes topcoat.

 

  • Spray Application over Raw Wood: 

 

  1. Before spraying, strain topcoat through a fine-mesh filter.

  2. HVLP: 1.1mm-1.3mm spray tip, medium air cap. Verify tip sizes with your equipment supplier. See our general guide for spray tip sizes.

  3. Wear a full filter respirator (NIOSH/MSHA-approved) and work in a ventilated space.

  4. Keep your gun at a 90* angle, 6-8" from the surface. On large, flat areas, use wet, even patterns 6-8" wide. For narrow surfaces, reduce the fan pattern to 2-3" wide to reduce overspray. Overlap each pass 25-50% for even coverage. Read here for more information on spraying techniques.

  5. Spray a LIBERAL amount of stain to ensure easy workability using an acrylic bristle brush, foam brush, pad applicator or roller. If not enough stain is used, the surface may dry too quickly, causing an uneven appearance. On large projects, leave a wet edge between sections to prevent lap lines.

  6. Immediately correct lap marks by rewetting the entire working area with stain and wiping off the excess.

  7. Pull excess stain out of corners and details with a bristle brush.

  8. Let the stain dry 2-4 hours in ideal conditions: 50-70% humidity, 70*F/20*C. Be sure to allow adequate dry time. If in doubt, wait longer. Increase dry time if: 

    • Humidity is over 80%

    • 3+ coats are applied (not recommended)

    • Thick coats are applied

    • Working over a previously existing finish

    • To accelerate dry time in humid conditions, add General Finishes Accelerator before applying and work in a space with good ventilation and air movement. If you decide to re-coat before the recommended time, test dryness. 

  9. Optional: apply a second coat to deepen the color. Apply no more than 2 coats.

  10. Finish with 3 coats of General Finishes topcoat.

Recommendations

Always seal General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain, General Finishes Dye Stain and General Finishes Enduro Ready-To-Match (RTM) Water Based Wood Stain with 3 coats of topcoat. More coats will not improve durability.

R​​ecommended Water-Based Topcoats

General Finishes High Performance can be applied by hand or sprayed; General Finishes Enduro Clear Poly is spray-only. Both topcoats dry clear and are great for high-use surfaces, such as kitchen cabinets and tabletops. General Finishes Flat Out Flat is our flattest topcoat, suitable for projects that do not receive major wear.

​​Recommended Oil-Based Topcoats

When sealing with General Finishes oil-based topcoats, General Finishes Arm-R-Seal and General Finishes Gel Topcoat, let the water-based stain dry a minimum of 24 hours first. Oil-based topcoats amber increasingly over time.

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Wood Stain as a Glaze

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain: Your choice of color

  • General Finishes High-Performance Topcoat

SAMPLE MIX:

Water Based Wood Stain + 10% High-Performance Topcoat 

Aged/Varnish Glaze

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain: Your choice of color

  • General Finishes High Performance Topcoat

SAMPLE MIX:

Water Based Wood Stain  + High Performance Topcoat 50:50 ratio

Custom Colors

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain: Your choice of color

  • General Finishes Pre-Stain Conditioner Natural

SAMPLE MIXES:

  • Create additional colors by mixing Water Based Wood Stains and Dye Stains.

  • Lighten Water Based Wood Stains by diluting with General Finishes Pre-Stain Conditioner Natural

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