Gel Wood Stain: Pros and Cons

There are several pros and cons to gel wood stain. This article will help you decide if gel wood stain is the best option for you.

Pros of Gel Wood Stain

Gel stains are completely made up of all pigment, so they will not penetrate wood. Because of this make up, they are perfect for staining blotch prone woods. Gel stain can make an excellent glaze as it adheres very well to sealed surfaces. This is very useful when trying to achieve an antiqued look. It is also good for open grain wood because it will sit into the pores of the wood and fill them partially. Gel wood stain also tends to be cheaper than other types of stains.

Cons of Gel Wood Stain

The drying time for gel wood stain can be very extensive. It can take up to 48 hours for it to dry. Also, adhesion can be an issue. Although gel wood stain adheres well to cherry and maple woods, but it does not appear to be very effective at adhering itself to open pine and other extremely porous woods.