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Hi! I am new to this forum and also to staining. A complete newbie, actually. lol Anyways I have a slight problem and don't know what to do about it and I am hoping someone here will know how to fix it. I recently bought a house and the kitchen cabinets are horrible. They are two toned, the outline is dark and the inner part is very light. I am trying to stain the lighter part so that it matches the darker part. I bought some Minwax gel stain and sanded down the lighter part of the cabinets and then applied the Minwax gel stain with a sock. I read about this method online and heard great success stories about it. Unfortunately, it has been five days and the gel stain has not dried and is still tacky. So I am thinking that the gel stain won't work? I am now planing on using mineral spirits to take off the gel stain. My question is what to do now? Should I try regular stain? or should I try a poly/stain combo? At my wits end right now and need some advice. Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciate!!! Thanks in advance!
 

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Thanks so much for the response! :) Okay, well to begin with I probably did not clean them well enough. I washed them with soap and water and scrubbed them down but from what you said that probably wasn't enough. Then I sanded them and put the gel stain on with a sock....a very light coat. I did not wipe it off. That's what the article said to do and so I did it. Is that a bad idea? I would really like to work with the gel stain if I can since I already have the materials and I would definitely like to stay away from stripping the cabinets. So should I wipe off the gel stain with mineral spirits and then de-grease them (I have some "Goof Off", will that work?) and then sand them and then put the gel stain on again? Is that correct? Will I be able to put multiple coats on then? Because when I tried to put a second coat of the gel stain on the original coat (I guess you could say) "melted" right off and the second coat ended up being really streaky.
Also, if the gel stain doesn't work would the poly/stain mix from Minwax work? Or would I have to strip the cabinets for that just like regular stain?
 

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Okay thanks for all the help! I think I'm going to keep working with the gel stain and hope it works. :)


note: Just tried what you suggested and it worked! The stain set up perfectly! Thank you sooo much! :D
 
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