So, I generally have been on record as being not exactly pro-stain; however, I have used it in the past with postiive results. Also, I got a custom order recently that requested this stain be used, so I figured it was a good excuse to snap a few pictures to demonstrate what exactly this kind of stain does.
|This. It does this.|
Oh, yeah that's not very fulfilling is it?
|Unstained red oak next to an open container of stain|
It has a thick, gel, consistency. You wipe it onto your project thickly, and then wipe the excess (there will be excess) off. In my experience the gel-thickness stains (they make thin wood dyes as well) color a very thin, surface-level, layer of the wood that you stain. Some stains penetrate farther into the wood's surface, this one tends to be more superficial.
It transforms red oak from this: