Are you wiping the stain or spraying it. I don't work very much with water based stains but when I do I spray it. I would imagine if you are wiping it you should thin it more. You might give it a try on some scraps. Perhaps someone with more experience with water based stains could answer you better.I'm using GF water based stain and its hard to put on.. Dries real quick and gets uneven, I'm not sure what type of wood the furniture is, best guess is oak.
Well I started finishing before the enviromental movement and before water based finishes started taking over. For me it is far easier to use oil based stains. Chances are if another person started with water based stain and hadn't used oil based stains it would be easier for them to use water based stains and would tend to recommend them. Everything has it's quirks and once you get used to working with one product it's a struggle to switch to another. The only thing I can't see how you can get around useing a water based stain is the water in it raising the grain. This would be more of a issue wiping it. You just need to wait for input from someone that works with water based stains on a regular basis to get the other side of the story.Wiping it, it is pretty thick. Only sits for 1 min then I get the expresso color I wanted. Should I use oil based, easier,?
That makes sense. BTW, very nice looking stand.mengtian said:Here is my litmus test if I will use a gel stain: If I have to use a q tip to get into an area.......then I won;t use it. These were done with gel stain. The doors were stained before being put together. I would never use a gel stain doors like these assembled. It would pool and become uneven.
To answer your question, gel stains in general are very easy to use. They can be applied over most any surface. For a specific brand, it's best to follow product application directions. But generally, it's liberally applied, and wiped down to the desired coverage. If too much stain is left on and not wiped down, it can have an extended dry time.I have a large dining table to do in a dark expresso finish, would using a gel stain be easier ? Better?