Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

We don’t need no stinkin’ scratches

Q: There’s a method I want to try; waterbased dye, seal, gel stain left dark in corners and wiped to simulate wear, top coat. How can I brush top coat using varnish without screwing up the gel, since varnish needs scratches to hold to?
A: No it doesn’t. Just let the gel dry thoroughly so that it does not get moved around by the brush, and flow the finish off the brush as opposed to scrubbing. That technique will allow you to easily topcoat this sort of glazed finish without any problems, and oil based varnish will easily adhere to dried oil based gel stain.