Gel stain is an easy-to-use alternative to traditional stain. Gel stain is a go-to choice for DIYers because it delivers very uniform cover. No Pain Gel Stain is an oil-based thick, pudding-like product that sits atop the surface and won't drip. VooDoo Gel Stain is water-based, a thinner consistency and will soak into porous surfaces. Gel stain works on most surfaces from wood to metal, and even painted surfaces can be gel stained. Dixie Belle has a variety of colors in both formulations!