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can I use a gel stain over a painted surface? If yes, does it need a top coat?

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Posted 2013-04-23T23:04:42+0000  by annd annd
 

annd,

 

Gel stain can be put over a paint, but the effect will be more of antiquing, rather than that of a penetrating stain. If this is the look you wish, a more porous flat paint would give you better results. A flat paint will grab the stain better than a gloss paint. The piece would then be clear coated for protection, especially if it is on often touched surfaces such as cabinet doors.

 

An oil based urethane would impart a slighty amber tone which would enhance the antique look. Water based urethanes dry crystal clear and remain so with age.

 

Hope this has helped.

Posted 2013-04-24T04:45:04+0000  by ordjen
 
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