Finishing With Cherry Gel Stain

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Forum topic by nathanCFD posted 08-25-2018 03:21 AM 552 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2018 03:21 AM


I’m working on a huge kitchen project with General Finishes Georgian Cherry Gel Stain. Everything was sanded to bare, so I’m not covering an old stain with a new one. Faces to 120, end to 220. And, I’m on a third coat of the doors and they are turning out very inconsistent, some with light areas, some totally dark. And, every one was sanded completely to bare wood. Does anyone know a way to get a more consistent look?

This is what they looked like on Coat 1:

This is the island; everything on the bases and the island is very consistent:

First go-round with Gel, and it’s fun – but the weird inconsistencies in the doors really has me stumped as to what to do. Any ideas would be appreciated!

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#1 posted 08-25-2018 03:48 AM

Uneven sanding is my guess. Very important to sand evenly

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#2 posted 08-25-2018 01:19 PM

Inconsistent sanding was my first guess. I did the finish sanding myself and I’m really careful, I can’t believe I messed up all of them that bad. LOL The same patterns on the base and island are fine. Does anyone have a suggestion for evening it out without taking it back down to raw?

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#3 posted 08-25-2018 01:32 PM

I think a dye stain might even out color inconsistencies better than a gel stain.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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