Do I need to sand a piece of furniture before I use a gel stain?


  5 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Apr 18, 2019

    You need to st least wash down with TSP and then sand the sheen off.

  • By Brittany Goldwyn By Brittany Goldwyn on Apr 18, 2019

    What is the brand of gel stain? I would check their website for instructions!

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 18, 2019

    The shinier the finish the more prep. work needed before refinshing; sanding then wiping/cleaning off depending on how much/shiny finish is on the piece

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 18, 2019

    It will depend on the wood you will be finishing. Sealer needs to be removed. You might be able to "sand" with fine steel wool instead of sandpaper. Clean with either TSP or denatured alcohol. Then you can proceed.

  • Claire Claire on Apr 19, 2019

    Back before chalk daughter and I painted a dining table and chairs, then used a gel stain to antique it.

    It worked well, just took a while to dry completely. That's over 5 yrs ago and they still look amazing.