Foolproof Recipes for 3 Favorite Finishes
Dyes and gel stains work better together
Synopsis: Gel stains have come a long way in recent years. They are easy to apply — just wipe on and wipe off — and they don’t drip or cause significant blotching on most woods. Still, you do have to know their quirks in order to use them effectively. For example, they are not at their best on bare woods. And the colors are limited. Use gel stains in combination with dyes, however, and the possibilities grow exponentially. Used directly over dye, gel stains emphasize the grain and pore structure. Used on a sealed surface, they become a glaze. Here, learn three different finish recipes that will make gel stains a permanent part of your finishing arsenal.
Gel stains have grown in popularity in recent years. Their viscosity and wipe-on/wipe-off application method make them easy to master, and compared with penetrating oil stains, they cause far less blotching on certain woods.…