Water Based Wood Stains have all the advantages of oil based stains: they spread easily, can be repaired, blend effortlessly and have plenty of open time. The thicker formula allows controlled penetration, which will reduce blotching on softer woods such as Aspen, Pine and Maple.
Type: Water Based. Ambers: No. Use: Interior. Raw Wood Application Only: No - can be applied over existing finishes.
Application: Brush or Spray. Coats (#) Required: 1+ Hand Apply: Yes. Spray: Yes. Spray Tip Sizes: HVLP .043-.051 Medium Air Cap.
Topcoat Required: Yes. Topcoats Recommended: High Performance or Clear Poly.
Dry Time Dry Time to Touch: 30 min. Dry Time to Re-coat: 2 hrs.
VOC:Low <125 g/L - High <150 g/L.
SANDING: Do not sand stains before applying topcoat. On bare wood sand to 150-180 grit. For more open grained woods sand to 220 grit. COATS: 1 coat of stain is recommended - no more than two. If you apply multiple coats, add 10-20% topcoat to the stain to lock the color down. The other option when applying 2-3 coats of stain is to apply one coat of shellac before applying top coat. Allow to dry overnight then apply High Performance.
PRE-STAIN CONDITIONER: Water Based Pre-Stain Conditioner can be added in any amount to the water based wood stain to adjust color. Add Pre-Stain Conditioner to stain before applying to your project. Test color on scrap wood or a hidden area of your project before starting.
THINNING: Thin GF water based semi-gel stains with 10-15% extender or water at point of use only. Decant what you need into a separate container and use immediately. If thinned water based semi-gel stains are stored, they will separate and lose the semi-gel consistency.
APPLICATION: Acrylic brush, foam brush, paint pad applicator, or spray on. Apply on and wipe off.
CLEANUP: Soap and warm water
FOLLOW THESE PREPRATION INSTRUCTIONS WHEN APPLYING OVER AN EXISTING FINISH.
PREP SANDING AND CLEANING AN EXISTING FINISH
The most critical part of finishing a piece of furniture happens before you open a can of stain or paint -it starts with the sanding. Prep sanding an existing finish further cleans the surface, removing built up dirt, grime and oil from hands. Prep sand an existing finish with a 220 sanding pad.
Cleaning an existing finish removes dirt, grime and many common contaminants such as oil from hands, cleaners and dusting sprays. Dirt, grime and oil prevent good adhesion causing the possibility of chipping, peeling and flaking - all signs of a failed finish.