Applying Gel Wood Stain

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Gel stain is thicker, contains more pigment that regular oil-based stains. Learn about staining wood in this free woodworking and wood project series from an expert carpenter. View Video Transcript

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In this clip we're going to talk about staining wood with gel stain. And we've talked a little bit already about oil, oil based stains and water based stains. Now gel stain is an oil based stain, but it differs from your standard oil stain in the sense that it's, it's thicker, it's more pigment than binder. It's, it's, I'm not going to get too much into the technical reasons of why it does what it does, but suffice to say, in general terms, gel stain doesn't penetrate as deeply into the wood as a regular oil based stain does. But you should experiment with it and see how it works for you. Let's take a look at how gel stain works with various woods. First things first, you're going to want to stir your gel stain very thoroughly. Because it will separate even, even more extremely than a, than a regular oil stain will. So give it a good stirring up. And let's have a looksey as to how it applies to different species of wood. Here we're going to apply some gel stain to a piece of Pine, again using the circular motion to rub it across the grain. Now as you can see the gel stain is much thicker than the regular stain, and just clings to the surface. So you definitely want to make sure you wipe off as much of that excess as you can. Now some folks find that the gel stain sort of similarly to the water based stain does not create as much blotching with soft woods such as Pine. As you can see that's a pretty, pretty even consistent stain, and I did not condition this wood.