10 Best Gel Stains 2020

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After analyzing 643 products, scanning 3120 reviews, spending more than 36 hours of research and speaking with our test users, we think the General Finishes Oil Base Gel Stain is the one of the Best Gel Stain on the market.

# Image Name Brand Price
1
⭐Best Choice
General Finishes Oil Base Gel Stain
General Finishes Oil Base Gel Stain, 1 Quart, Java Check price General Finishes $$$$$ Check price
2
💲Best value for the money
Minwax 260914444 Interior Wood Gel Stain
Minwax 260914444 Interior Wood Gel Stain, 1/2 pint, Coffee Check price Minwax $$$$$ Check price
3 Old Masters Old Masters, Dark Walnut 80708 Gel Stain Pint Check price Old Masters $$$$$ Check price
4 Water-Based Gel Stains by Retique It (8 oz Gel Stain Water-Based Gel Stains by Retique It (8 oz Gel Stain, Weathered Wood) Check price Retique It $$$$$ Check price
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👑Premium Pick
Varathane 224493H Premium Gel Stain
Varathane 224493H Premium Gel Stain, Quart, Dark Walnut Check price Rust-Oleum $$$$$ Check price
6 Skylarlife Home Mold & Mildew Remover Gel Stain Remover Cleaner Skylarlife Home Mold & Mildew Remover Gel Stain Remover Cleaner Wall Mold Cleaner for Tiles Grout Sealant Bath Sinks Showers Check price SKYLAR LIFE $$$$$ Check price
7 General Finishes Oil Based Gel Topcoat General Finishes Oil Based Gel Topcoat, 1/2 Pint, Satin Check price General Finishes $$$$$ Check price
8 Varathane 224500 Premium Gel Stain Varathane 224500 Premium Gel Stain, Half Pint, Red Mahogany Check price Rust-Oleum $$$$$ Check price
9 Varathane 307416 Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain Varathane 307416 Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain, 1/2 Pint, Carbon Gray Check price Rust-Oleum $$$$$ Check price
10 Old Masters 80704 80704 Gel Stain Old Masters 80704 80704 Gel Stain, 1 Quart, Dark Walnut Check price Old Masters $$$$$ Check price

General Finishes Oil Base Gel Stain – Best Overall Gel Stain

General Finishes Oil Base Gel Stain
  • This is the stain that has the most "finishing feel" of all General Finishes' products
  • Woodworkers love the lustrous finish that shows up
  • Heavy-bodied, and so does not penetrate as deeply into the wood as liquid oil-base stains do
  • Can help you get a more even appearance on difficult woods such as aspen or pine
  • Easy-to-use stains simply wipe on with a cloth or applied with a foam brush (no spills or splashes)

Minwax 260914444 Interior Wood Gel Stain – Best Budget Gel Stain

Minwax 260914444 Interior Wood Gel Stain
  • The non-drip formula makes it ideal for vertical applications like doors and molding
  • The thick-bodied consistency makes it ideal for giving fiberglass or metal doors
  • Rich, wood appearance
  • Recoat: 8-10 hours

Old Masters

Old Masters
  • Item Weight: 1.0 lb
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Color: Dark Walnut
  • Brand name: Old Masters

Water-Based Gel Stains by Retique It (8 oz Gel Stain

Water-Based Gel Stains by Retique It (8 oz Gel Stain
  • Apply a layer of unfinished wood on virtually any hard surface
  • No sanding or stripping
  • Looks and feels like real wood because it IS real wood
  • Water based, Ultra low VOC's, virtually no order
  • Easy to use indoors, clean up with soap and water

Varathane 224493H Premium Gel Stain – Premium Pick

Varathane 224493H Premium Gel Stain
  • Designed for vertical surfaces including doors, window trim and furniture; creates a natural wood look on fiberglass and composite doors
  • Formulated with a thicker consistency to prevent drips and runs and provides twice the coverage of traditional oil-based stains
  • Dries to the touch in 1 hour and covers up to 250 sq ft
  • Applies evenly without causing lap marks or grain raise; not recommended for floors, decks or siding
  • Enhances the natural beauty of the wood grain with long-lasting, rich deep color
  • Provides twice the coverage of ordinary oil-based stains
  • Thicker consistency to prevent drips
  • No lap marks of grain raise
  • Ideal for vertical surfaces
  • Can be used on fiberglass and steel doors

Skylarlife Home Mold & Mildew Remover Gel Stain Remover Cleaner

Skylarlife Home Mold & Mildew Remover Gel Stain Remover Cleaner
  • Simple to apply, wait 6-8 hours and rinse stains away, no scrubbing required
  • Its fast acting, powerful concentrated gel formula clings to tiles, silicone sealant (around windows, sinks and baths), shower-heads, Pool and more
  • As it is gel type, and so does not flow down in vertical and inclined surface, easy to use and clean up more effectively by acting for a longer time
  • Perfect for tiles: from black and molded to brand new and extra clean with pure white caulk
  • Give it a try before striping the caulk off and redo it.

General Finishes Oil Based Gel Topcoat

General Finishes Oil Based Gel Topcoat
  • Oil based penetrating finish
  • Darkens/ambers with time
  • Dry Time: 12-24 hours. Cure Time: 30 days
  • Coats recommended: 3 minimum. Hand application: Cloth, natural bristle brush, foam brush, paint pad applicator
  • Cleanup with mineral spirits, . Ideal for detailed pieces and any size project

Varathane 224500 Premium Gel Stain

Varathane 224500 Premium Gel Stain
  • Designed for vertical surfaces including doors, window trim and furniture; creates a natural wood look on fiberglass and composite doors
  • Formulated with a thicker consistency to prevent drips and runs and provides twice the coverage of traditional oil-based stains
  • Dries to the touch in 1 hour and covers up to 60 sq ft
  • Applies evenly without causing lap marks or grain raise; not recommended for floors, decks or siding
  • Enhances the natural beauty of the wood grain with long-lasting, rich deep color

Varathane 307416 Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain

Varathane 307416 Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain
  • Ideal for use on all interior wood projects: furniture, cabinets, doors, trim and paneling
  • One-coat coverage, fast-drying oil based formula
  • Dries to the touch in just 1 hour and covers up to 70 square feet
  • High performance stain system enhanced with nano pigment particles
  • Highlights natural wood grain to reveal wood's beauty

Old Masters 80704 80704 Gel Stain

Old Masters 80704 80704 Gel Stain
  • This item is a Old Masters 80704 Gel Stain, Dark Walnut, Quart
  • Purpose of use for Painting Supplies, household-wood-stains
  • This product is manufactured in United States

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