Sometimes, your pieces of wood or furniture needs to be renewed and refreshed with a change in color. For this, gel staining is needed, as it is the technique used for fixing painting issues on wood. Applying gel stains over a finished or unfinished cabinet is equally simple.


Below is a simple guide on how you can apply gel stain over a prefinished cabinet:


Things you will need

  • Warm water
  • Bucket
  • Sponge or foam brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Trisodium phosphate cleaner
  • Gel stain
  • Top coat
  • Finish striper



  1. Remove all the doors of the cabinets from the hinges with a screwdriver.


  1. Clean the doors of the cabinet with a sandpaper and remove all traces of dirt and grime. Then, fill lukewarm water in a bucket and add the cleaner to it. Damp it with a sponge and rub over the cabinet and doors. Rinse with water and dry with a cloth.


  1. Apply the finish striper to the wood with a cloth and let it absorb. Once it softens, remove with a butter knife.


  1. Apply the gel stain to the cabinets with a foam paintbrush or sponge. Apply it to a 2-feet section and then wipe off immediately with a towel. Repeat this procedure until you have fully covered the cabinets.


  1. If you want a darker shade, apply another coat of gel stain in the same process.


  1. Reattach the doors of the cabinets after it has dried off in 24-48 hours.


To read more on gel stains, go through How To Use Gel Stain Over Previously Stained Surface