Remove the doors from the cabinets
Remove the doors from the cabinets by unscrewing their hinges with the help of a screwdriver. If the handles on your doors are made up of metal, remove them as well and put them away safely.
Clean the doors
Before applying the gel stain to your cabinet doors, clean them thoroughly to wipe off the existing finish. Place the doors on an even surface, such as a floor or a kitchen counter. Fill a bucket with lukewarm water and add trisodium phosphate to it, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Damp a sponge in the TSP solution and rub the cabinet and doors with it. Rinse them with tap water and pat dry with the towel.
Apply finish striper to the doors and cabinets
Apply the finish striper to the targeted areas with the help of a soft cloth and let it sit for the time being as directed by the manufacturer. Once the finish has softened, scrape it off using a butter knife.
Apply grit hand sander to remove any remaining finish
If there is still some finish remaining on the doors and cabinets, remove it using a 150-grit hand sander, followed by a 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth to remove the dust.
Apply the gel stain
Apply the gel stain to the doors and cabinets using a foam paintbrush, following the grain of the wood. Apply the gel stain to a 2-feet section at a time and wipe it off immediately with a lint-free towel. Repeat the procedure until you have gel stained all of the cabinets and doors. For a darker shade, apply another coat of stains only after the first one has dried completely.
Reattach the doors
Let the doors and cabinets dry for a day before reattaching the hinges and handles.