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I wanted a stain that was simple to use. After some research I decided to try Varathane’s Premium Wood Stain Gel in “Golden Pecan”, a thicker stain which avoids dripping, and therefore less cleanup. It also promised a quick dry time, which was the selling point for me. The first bottle went well, while there were a few flakes in the gel, they sanded out well enough, and the resulting colour was decently even. The second bottle was a disaster though, the oil having separated in the tube, so for the first third of the tube I was squeezing out clumps of pigment with huge amounts of oily residue. No amount of shaking or massaging of the tube would incorporate the stain smoothly. It eventually got better, but it was frustrating! Also, the tube was a plastic tube, not an aluminum one, which made squeezing out the last of the stain very difficult and tiring for the hands. I don’t think I’ll be using this formula ever again. 😦 I might try Minwax’s gel stain, as it comes out of a tin, another time. For this project, though, the colour was teak-ish colour, which was what I was going for so that was good.