I just finished my first project (Tryde side table) and am moving on to the finishing stage. I have a pint of the Minwax prestain because I did use pine. However, I may be leaning towards using General Finishes Gel because it's water based and I'll probably have to work in my laundry room to complete the project anytime before spring is here. So here are my questions:
1. Do I still use the pre-stain if I'm not using an oil based stain like Minwax? I don't think I can as the prestain says it's for oil based stain.
2. What type (if any) prestain would I need with General?
3. Can I apply a glaze coat over stain?
I'd like to end up with a finished product similar in appearance to the model Hyde side table from PB but perhaps just a bit darker. I'd also like the knicks and knots in the wood to be even darker to give a 'rougher' sort of look as opposed to a neat and clean look. Any suggestions?