Manufacturers sell thinned finishes and slow-evaporating solvents under names such as "pre-stain," "wood conditioner" and "stain controller." They all partially stop up the pores and the less dense-areas in the wood, so when you apply a stain, it penetrates more evenly.

The problem with controlling stain penetration in this way is it's difficult to know just how much of the wash coat to apply. Too little and you'll still have splotching, too much and you won't get any stain penetration at all.

With a gel stain, you will rarely get splotcliing. no matter how much stain you apply or how long you leave it on lhe w<K)d. (See photo, above.) So, gel stains have an advantage when you want to change wood color without calling attention to its idiosyncrasies.

Another advantage is that since gel stains don't penetrate, you'll need less stain to cover a given area.

When Not to Use Gel Stains

Don 7 use a gel stain if you want to bring out the maximum figure and depth in woods such as walnut,


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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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