Gel Stain User’s Guide
in dark, ugly contrast to the straight grain around it. Likewise, some cherry and pine boards turn blotchy when a stain has been applied. One solution is to use a stain con-troller (see FWW #156, pp. 113-114), such as a thin coat of clear gel varnish or de-waxed shellac, but using a gel stain may negate the need for this step.