Gel Wood Stain: Stain & Varnish In One Step!

28 Jan

Our gel stain line was developed over 50 years ago by Dick Fitch and Ed Stulb — partners in business at the then Turco Paint and Varnish Company in Philadelphia.

People who use our Gel Wood Stain LOVE IT, because it is a varnish and stain in one step, one step! Here’s a crash course:

  • Available in 25 natural wood colours, white and clear
  • Recommended for interior and exterior use
  • White and clear may be tinted with Old Village® Oil Colours as well as artists oils
  • Jelly consistency
  • Polyurethane reinforcement provides protection without the yellowing
  • Oil-base with mineral spirits cleanup
  • Superior ease of application, simply rub on with #000 or #0000 steel wool in the direction of grain and wipe off

Kitchen cabinets, paneling, furniture, wood decorative pieces, floors, etc. Darker colours can be sponged over to give a leather effect, or dry brushed for graining effects. Clear glaze can be used over any Old Village® Paint as a protective top coat. Clear and white paste can be tinted to create different colour glazes. One coat of paste stain provides a low-luster, hand-rubbed patina. Subsequent coats provide greater depth of colour, greater surface protection and higher gloss. Gel stain can also be buffed or polished. White provides a beautiful bleached-wood or pickled effect.

And take a look at all the options!


Our updated formula makes it possible to “work” with the stain and varnish much longer, finish all manner of woodwork – furniture, floors, even braining and furniture decoration. It dries with a hard even film that, looks and feels like a hand-rubbed multiple coat finish. It creates a beautiful depth.

Simply wipe it on, rub lightly and allow it to dry. That’s it! It seals, stains and finishes in one application, and on soft grainy woods with knots it gives the finish an even appearance impossible to attain with penetrating stains.

Because of its new and different jell structure you won’t believe the ease with which you can use it. One coat is usually enough, but two coats are even better.


For more detailed instructions, see below.

  1. Be sure the wood is clean and smooth. If the wood needs sanding, do it now, you won’t need to sand later. With a soft cloth or brush apply Gel Stain, and then wipe- preferably with the grain. The more stain left on the wood the darker the color.

    If a darker finish is desired, repeat this process after 30 to 60 minutes. After two coats you will have a lovely low sheen. (One coat leaves very little sheen, but the wood is filled and protected).

  2. You may stop with one or two coats of stain, remembering that one coat offers almost no sheen-you may prefer this- many antiquarians do. If you want more sheen and a darker color use two or more coats of stain. If you wish more sheen, but not darker use the Clear Gel Varnish. Note, please–we have used the Clear Gel Vanish to make our l Stains, so the Gel Varnish is simply a stain vehicle with no color.

    You can use as many clear coats as you wish, allowing at least 60 minutes between applications. You can also mix colors to obtain your own custom hue. Try first coat cherry and second coat walnut. This is “layering”. Paneling and floors can be finished using the same basic instructions.


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