gel stain on oak?
I am refinishing a set of 4 windsor chairs. The seat is pine boards and the rest is oak (is that common?). They are stripped and sanded to 180 grit. I would like to use a gel stain (General Finishes) on the seats to blend the uneven pine colors, minimize blotching and blend the color on the end grains on the front, back and sides. I am concerned that a gel stain will not get into the open pores of the oak and leave light looking pores.
In previous projects, water based dye was difficult to get into oak pores and oil based stains did better.
General Finishes does not have the same colors in both the gel stain and penetrating (Colonial Maple).
Any advice would be appreciated.