Gel stain help - big project!
I've seen some impressive results from celticmoon and others who have used gel stain over top of previously finished wood.
I have a huge project I am planning to undertake with this method - a large circular solid oak staircase. The staircase is currently a light golden oak color, and I'd like to 'stain' it a darker shade. I'm opting to try this method because painting the balusters, risers, etc. would be such a travesty since it is such beautiful wood.
I also can't strip it and start over - there are 80+ spindles, and it would take a lifetime (or $$$$).
Luckily there is a carpet runner, so I can test everything out under where the runner is.
Here are my questions:
1. Using a brush to apply the gel stain on the spindles will be very difficult - is it possible to use a cloth or sponge to get the same effect? Using a brush on the treads, risers, and handrail would not be a problem.
2. Can a wipe-on poly be used on top of this gel stain finish? Again, I was thinking of using a wipe-on poly for all areas except the treads (on which I would use a more heavy-duty finish).
3. The only stain that is available in my area is Minwax. Any tips on working with this specific stain?
4. Am I crazy for trying to take this on? lol
PS - cross-posted to home decorating