Couldn’t be happier using those stain pads you recommended! 

@jdsoau11

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Jarred Brown
@AnticaModern

Loving Stain Pad! Cut a tiny section off of the 6.5x8" pad and was able to perfectly put the General Finishes High Performance Flat finish on this massive king bed in under 10 minutes...no brush strokes!

@Anticamodern

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Jarred Brown

Trying to apply a water-based stain to an unfinished wood project and was extremely frustrated with the results. Water-based stain dries quickly so applying the stain with a rag resulted in a streaky mess. Foam brushes fall apart or the stick pokes through and the result is too much stain in some areas and not enough in others and dripping. Thought there had to be a way to apply the stain with a nice smooth finish. Checked out the local home improvement stores and the stain pads had terrible reviews. So I found these on Amazon, read the reviews and decided to give them a try. So glad I did! A very simplistic pad consisting of fabric glued onto a doubled layer of thin foam that you can cut to any size. Well sometimes simple IS better. With these stain pads I'm able to apply the stain in smooth strokes (without a lot of dripping or pulling) to get a nice streak-free finish the first time. Works great for the second coat too! Because I'm using water-based stain I was able to rinse the pad out in water and dry it to reuse. I was very pleased that the glue held and the pad didn't fall apart so I could use it again because I have a number of pieces of furniture to finish. Overall very pleased with this product and would recommend!

SLouR (via Amazon)

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Jarred Brown