1–2 of 473 Clean the surface you plan to stain. Sand the surface. Apply the gel stain liberally with either a cotton cloth, natural bristle brush or a poly foam brush. Wipe off the gel stain going with the grain using a clean dry cotton cloth or high quality paper towels. Click to see full answer. Moreover, what is the best way to apply gel stain?Apply a liberal amount of stain evenly with a brush or clean cloth. Wait 3 minutes and remove the excess stain with a clean cloth, wiping in the direction of the grain. Allow to dry 8-10 hours. To darken the color, apply additional coats of Minwax® Gel Stain repeating directions for application of first coat.Additionally, how long do you let gel stain sit before wiping off? To Wipe Stains On Let items dry 24-48 hours. Apply more coats to even color and get the depth desired. Beside above, do you have to sand before using gel stain? Gel stain will not require you to sand the product to a raw wood finish. It can be applied over only lightly sanded pieces just as well. I found gel stain to be more forgiving; because you will need to do multiple coats, you can even out the finish over time.Do you need to wipe off gel stain? Gel Application The idea behind a gel stain is to spread it onto the wood in a thick layer for a few minutes and then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Wiping will allow you to control the evenness and depth of color being applied, as the more you wipe away, the lighter the color level of the stain.