General Finishes

High-Quality Wood Finishes

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Designed To Meet Specific Finishing Objectives

General Finishes Manufactures 6 Stain Lines:

  • 4 water-based

  • 2 oil-based

  • Totaling more than 80 colors

They are all made with the highest-quality ingredients to give you an outstanding finish every time.

This comparison video does a great job quickly comparing all of General Finishes wood stains.

(Please note, Von Tobel does not carry the RTM stains or Milk Paint.)

Water Based Products

General Finishes is America’s leading manufacturer of innovative water-based stains and finishes. Started in 1928, they’ve been focusing solely on water finishes since 1992.

Great for cabinets, furniture, millwork, and much more.

These durable water-based finishes are:

  • environment friendly
  • VOC compliant
  • water clean-up
  • low odor
  • non-flammable
  • dry in 1-2 hours
General Finishes water based wood stain.
General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain

Water Based Wood Stain

  • Available in 18 colors

  • Most advanced interior stains on the market

  • Produces a rich, dark, uniform coverage with vibrant color

  • Can be applied over finished or raw wood

  • Re-stain existing finishes without stripping or sanding

  • Brush or spray application

General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain

Water Based Dye Stain

  • Available in 14 colors
  • General Finishes’ most transparent stain
  • Magnifies the grain of raw wood
  • Can be mixed with water-based topcoats to create toners
  • Layer under other General Finishes stains to enhance color
General Finishes water based topcoat high performance in semi-gloss

High Performance Water Based Topcoat

  • All-purpose finish for residential interior wood projects

  • Gives a professional-grade finish

  • Excellent durability

  • Brush, roll, or spray application

Oil Based Products

General Finishes Oil Based Gel Stain in Java

Oil Based Gel Stain

  • Comes in 15 heavy-bodied colors
  • Featured across social media for upcycling furniture and cabinets
  • Provides the deepest, richest colors of any oil-based stain available
  • Longer open & dry times than water based stains
  • Thick gel is perfect for applying to vertical surfaces
  • Can be applied over finished or raw wood
  • Requires working in a well ventilated area
General Finishes oil based wood stain

Oil Based Liquid Wood Stain

  • Comes in 14 classic & contemporary colors
  • Interior high-quality pigmented stain
  • Thinner than the oil based gel stain
  • Great for detailed projects
  • Designed to be applied over raw wood surfaces
  • Easy wipe-on application
General Finishes ARM-R-SEAL oil based top coat in semi-gloss

ARM-R-SEAL Urethane Wipe-On Topcoat

  • Ambering finish penetrates to provide deep-down protection for a “natural” look

  • Made with the highest-quality urethane resin

  • Extremely durable and long-lasting

  • Wipe on or foam brush application

Made With Renewable Resources

General Finishes manufactures wood coatings made with more than 50% renewable resources, formulated from sustainable materials that decrease the carbon footprint, such as vegetable oils and plant proteins.

Renewable resources are a recent, eco-friendly advancement in the paint and coatings industry.

General Finishes products formulated with renewable resources meet the standard of excellence you have come to expect — including adhesion, coverage, color and durability — with all the benefits of water finishes.

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Look for the green icon on select products.

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Please note we do not carry General Finishes RTM Stains or Water Based Milk Paint.

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