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Lisa

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05-27-2019 09:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: gel stain question

I just used gel stain on the top of an Sofa table only to find lint and dust stuck in the stain. How can it be removed without sanding?

-- Lisa


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Cold_Pizza

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#1 posted 05-27-2019 12:32 PM

You can try to hit it with a high grit only using the weight of your finger.

And its just my 2 cents – you might have put too much on and the build up caught dust. Gel only sits on top of the wood and will not self level. I find better results covering the piece and wiping off all the excess. Very light coats seem to work best.

Best of luck

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#2 posted 05-27-2019 02:25 PM

You shouldn’t have a layer of stain left over for anything to stick in. Wipe it on and wipe it off.

Assuming you did leave a thick layer on there and it hardened, rub it down with naphtha, paint thinner or turpentine. If you wind up removing too much stain, re-apply it, but be sure to rub it off cleanly.

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#3 posted 05-27-2019 03:39 PM

Applying gel stain.

https://youtu.be/vGMJWz3mnEo

Disclaimer…......Never used gel stain myself.

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#4 posted 05-27-2019 03:46 PM

If you want low odor some of the big box stores carry a low odor mineral spirits that works pretty well. Just make sure afterwards to let everything dry and wipe off really well before reapplying.

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#5 posted 05-27-2019 03:49 PM


If you want low odor some of the big box stores carry a low odor mineral spirits that works pretty well. Just make sure afterwards to let everything dry and wipe off really well before reapplying.

- SMP

I never recommend the low odor mineral spirits. They make it low odor by removing the most effective solvents and what you have left will not perform as well as true mineral spirits. That’s why I always specifically recommend naphtha or turpentine.

If you know you have true mineral spirits, then use it. I’ve found it’s very rare to find that though.

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#6 posted 05-27-2019 04:02 PM

Using a solvent (Check the label on your gel stain to see what solvent is used in it) and a white (non abrasive) 3M pad then wipe with a lint free cloth. This should remove the surface stain and dust and leave a clean finish. You may need to re-apply a light coat of stain but as stated above be sure to wipe the excess off after 10 minutes or so with a lint free cloth.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 05-28-2019 02:15 AM

Thank you so much everyone!
Good tips!

-- Lisa

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#8 posted 05-28-2019 02:40 PM

Perhaps you could tell us why you used gel stain?

Sounds like you didn’t wipe it off enough.

FYI, gel stain isn’t really a stain it is a glaze.

It is usually used over an existing sealer coat like shellac.

Normally in applications where the wood is porous like oak.

Also commonly used on carvings.

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#9 posted 05-28-2019 03:13 PM


FYI, gel stain isn t really a stain it is a glaze.
It is usually used over an existing sealer coat like shellac.
Normally in applications where the wood is porous like oak.
Also commonly used on carvings.

- Robert

Gel stain is stain. That’s why they call it stain. What you’re describing is glazing, and yes gel stain can be used as a glaze.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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