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Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner penetrates the grain of the wood to promote uniform acceptance of Water Based Wood Stains and helps control the effect of grain raising on both soft and hard woods. Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner helps prevent streaking and blotching to help ensure a beautiful, even stain. It is specifically designed to condition wood before staining new or bare wood surfaces.

Product Details

Application Tool: cloth, synthetic bristle brush or foam applicator
Dry time: 1-5 minutes
Cleanup: soap and water
Coverage: 100-125 square feet per quart
Coats: 1
Recommended Uses: all soft or hard woods before using Water Based Wood Stains
Stain Application: after allowing 15-30 minutes to dry and lightly sanding with fine grade sand paper


Q. What is the purpose of Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner?

Water-based stains react differently to wood than do oil-based stains.  When using water-based stains, it is necessary to treat all types of wood with Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.  Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner helps promote even stain penetration and reduces the effect of grain raising.

Q. Does Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner need to be sanded after it dries?

Yes.  Sanding will smooth out any grain that was raised during the application of the Conditioner.

Q. Can Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner be used prior to an oil-based stain?

No.  For oil based stains such as Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain and Minwax® Gel Stain, use Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.


WARNING! Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.

  1. Sand the wood in the direction of the grain, first using medium-grade sandpaper (#120) working your way to fine-grade sandpaper (#220). Do Not Use Steel Wool.
  2. Remove all sanding dust.
  3. Stir contents thoroughly before use.
  4. Apply Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner with a synthetic bristle brush, foam brush or clean cloth. Allow to penetrate 1-5 minutes.
  5. Remove excess with a clean cloth.
  6. For best results, wait 15-30 minutes before lightly sanding the surface with fine-grade sandpaper. This will help smooth any raised grain. Remove all sanding dust.
  7. Surface is now ready for staining with Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain.

COVERAGE: approximately 100-125 square feet per quart.

CLEANUP: soap and water.