Liquid Oil Based Wood Penetrating Stains are made from the highest-quality oils, resins and pigments to ensure your finishing project will be an easy and rewarding experience. These wipe-on stains are designed to be applied over raw wood surfaces.
Hand-Application over Raw Wood:
- Stir stain to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can before and throughout the application process.
- Thinning: Do NOT thin.
- Caution: Always work in a space with adequate ventilation. Open windows and doors, or use other means to maintain fresh air flow during application and drying.
Penetrating stains are thinner than gel stains and more prone to blotching and uneven results. If working with woods that are difficult to stain, such a pine or maple, we recommended using General Finish Gel Stain. Optionally, an initial coat of General Finishes Pre-Stain Conditioner can improve color uniformity over difficult-to-stain wood species. However, it will limit color absorption, so a darker stain may be required to get the depth of color you want.
- CAUTION: Contains ALIPHATIC HYDROCARBONS. VAPOR HARMFUL. Use only with adequate ventilation or wear NIOSH approved respiratory protection.
- Test your complete finishing process before starting. The stain color is affected by variances in wood and deepened with the application of topcoat.
- Divide your project into manageable sections: top, side, drawer, door, table seam.
- Apply 1-2 coats using a cotton rag, natural bristle brush, foam brush or pad applicator.
- Stain a complete section and wipe off the excess evenly with the grain using cotton cloth, high-quality paper towel or shop towel. Check for missed spots and lap marks before moving to the next section.
- Immediately correct lap marks by rewetting the entire working area with stain and wiping off the excess.
- Pull excess stain out of corners and details with a natural bristle brush.
Let the stain dry 24+ hours in ideal conditions: 70°F/20°C, 50-70% humidity. Inadequate dry time is one of the top reasons for finish failures. You can tell if an oil-based finish is dry if it is no longer tacky, cool to the touch, and if you can press a cotton ball over the surface and nothing sticks. If in doubt, wait longer. Increase dry time if:
- Humidity is over 80%
- 3+ coats are applied
- Thick coats are applied
- Layering General Finishes water- and oil-based products:
- Water over oil: Let oil-based product dry 72+hrs
- Oil over water: Let water-based product dry 24+hrs
- To accelerate drying in humid conditions, work in a space with good ventilation and air movement.
- Finish with 3 coats of General Finishes topcoat.