When wood grain swirls to the surface, end grain is exposed, allowing liquid stains to penetrate deeply and cause splotching. Gel stains don't penetrate deeplv, so they produce a'more even appearance.
upside down. Others, such as M in wax, are much thinner and will run if you apply them too thickly to vertical surfaces. The thicker and more thixotrop-ic the gel stain, the less it will penetrate and cause splotching.
Gel stains are ideal for use on woods that are prone to splotching, such as pine, cherry and birch. Typically, these woods have a grain that swirls in and out along a board. Where the grain swirls toward the surface, end grain is exposed and more stain is absorbed. (Sec drawing, opposite page.) These areas appear darker and make the board appear splotchy.
Splotchiness is also caused by areas of lower density that occur naturally and randomly in various woods, most often in pine. These less-dense areas absorb more stain and appear darker.
Using a gel stain is a much more predictable way to limit stain penetration than the traditional method for reducing splotching, which is to apply a thinned finish or a slow-evaporating solvent to the wood before applying the stain. If you thin your own finish, it's commonly called a "wash coat."
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