Gel stains provide a uniform color for wood cabinets. Its coarse viscosity makes it easier to spread evenly than liquid stains. It is also easier to avoid dripping and runs on vertical surfaces with liquid cabinet gel. Gel stains do not penetrate the wood deeply, so they do not increase the grain of wood or different types of wood unevenly. Unfortunately, they can cost more and require more layers of dye. Here’s an easy explanation of how to Glazing Kitchen Cabinets using gel stains.
Use of multiple layers
Because gel stains do not penetrate the wood deeply, they sometimes require multiple layers for the stained wood of the desired color. If one or two layers of gel dye do not provide enough color, consider adding three or four layers. Let the dye dry between each layer.
Sand between layers
Experts recommend polishing the wood between layers of gel dye to remove stain gel buildup. When hand-sanding, use a 220 grit sandpaper and sand with the grain of the wood. Allow each layer to dry completely before polishing and apply another layer of dye.
A disadvantage of gel stains is that its coarse texture causes it to accumulate in nooks and crannies. To avoid this problem, consider glazing kitchen cabinets wood for new cabinets after sanding and cutting the pieces of wood, but before assembling the cabinets. If the cabinets are already put together, nooks and crannies of the paint on the wood with a layer as light as possible to avoid scaling. For cabinets with a lot of detailed carvings and crevices, a liquid stain could work better than a gel stain.
The temperature affects how new dry oil-based stains are. Most gel stains are oil-based, and oil-based stains tend to bubble when applied to a cold surface that warms as the stain dries. Avoid painting the cabinets just before the Sun enters the window and heats them up. Also avoid turning on the heat or a drastic change in room temperature when the stain in the cabinet dries.
Oil-based wood stains, including gel stains, often emit harmful fumes that may be unhealthy to inhale. Use gel stains and stain removers in well-ventilated areas. Open the windows, doors open and the exhaust fans are turned on to let the smoke out. Gel stains can also irritate the skin, so wear protective clothing and gloves if you think the stain could get into your hands.