Matching gel stain to wiping stain
I have wasted so much money (and time) buying various stains and paints for all my sample boards. I'm hoping someone can advise me what gel stain (brand/color) to try that might closely match Minwax Puritan Pine and Provincial. The Minwax gel stains go by different names. I noticed, in a paint store, the brand "Old Master" used the same color names for their gel as the Minwax I'd played with. I asked the store owner, whom I've developed a pretty good relationship with, as many times as I've been in there, if the colors would be similar. She assured me they would be. Well, $40 later, for 2 quarts, the colors are no where near the same, and the gel colors are horrid at that.
I am considering using the gel stain, if I can find the right colors, on white pine flooring and on an antique oak front door. Do I still need to use the wood conditioner on the pine with a gel stain?
What are some favorite gel stain brands, and is there anything else I should consider when choosing a gel over a wiping stain? All my projects will be finished with Waterlox after staining, by the way.