Exploring Gel Stain Possibilities

I get as many questions about Minwax’s® Gel Stain as I do any other single product. Like Minwax® Wood Finish Stain, it is oil-based, so Gel Stain gives you a longer working time than do water-based stains before it starts to dry. But Gel Stain is formulated as a heavy-bodied stain, so it does not run down the side of a vertical project as quickly.

While Gel Stain was first designed to adhere to fiberglass doors, it can also be used on wooden doors . . .

As my own front door will attest.

It is also ideal for staining unfinished furniture with large vertical surfaces. Simply apply it with a brush or cloth, wait three minutes before wiping off the excess stain (going in the direction of the grain), then let it dry 8-10 hours before applying one of the Minwax® clear protective finishes.

Gel Stain works well on unfinished paneling . . .

and architectural trim, such as wainscoting, picture rail, baseboard, and crown molding.

Since it is heavy-bodied, Gel Stain also is perfect for sponging on a decorative stain that you don’t want seeping under your masking tape.

And if you are adventuresome, you can use Gel Stain and a graining tool for creating a “false grain” on what otherwise would be bland wood.

So, next time you are planning a staining project, give Minwax® Gel Stain a try!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

Candlewax Repair

Not long ago I found a fine Arts and Crafts settee with one problem:  a spot of dried candlewax on the arm. Not wanting to damage the finish with sandpaper, I first carefully scraped away the red wax using a single-edged razor blade . . .

I then used a felt-tipped Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain Marker to replace the color that was lost in the process . . . .

And now I’m having a difficult time seeing where the candlewax had been — and I never had to open a can, thanks to the Minwax® Stain Marker.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

Small Project = Small Clamp

Sometimes large pipe clamps are just too big for a small gluing project. I was making a picture frame in my garage and found these small spring clamps, which are perfect for gluing strips of wood around the outside of my frame. Notice how the rubber tips protect the wood from the metal jaws? Once dry, I’ll stain it with Minwax® Gunstock Wood Finish™, then spray on two coats of aerosol Fast-Drying Polyurethane before hanging it on my wall.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

Repurposing an Antique Crock

I love old crocks, like this 12-gallon stoneware crock given to me by my grandmother. It had lost its original top, so I decide to make one from some old wood that would turn an empty crock into, well, take a look and see for yourself . . . .

After gluing together some old boards and cutting out a circle, I sanded it lightly, then brushed on two coats of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane. I love how the finish really brings out the various natural colors once hidden in the old pine boards.

Once dry, I placed the top on the crock, turning an empty crock into (1.) an end table next to our couch, and (2.) a place to store birdseed by the door leading to our deck.

And it still looks like an antique crock — only with a new purpose!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce