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Wood Conditioner

Article #1449087 Model #200014444 Format 236ML
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Description

For even stain penetration on soft woods such as pine, fir and spruce.
  • Clean-up with mineral spirits
  • Apply with a soft cloth or brush - wipe excess after 15 minutes
  • Pre stain wood conditioner helps ensure even stain penetration on soft or porous woods
  • Recommended on all soft and porous woods like pine, fir, spruce, maple, alder and aspen

Product specifications

Warranty
None
Color/finish Family
Clear
Container Size
Half-pint
Model Description
WOOD CONDITIONER

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Is this safe to use on wooden food utensils?

Asked by: Jebsw
Thank you for your question, we apologize for the delayed response. No, unfortunately Minwax does not offer a food grade or safe product. Regards, Linda @ Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: TeamMinwax
Date published: 2021-10-22

It this product oil based or water based?

Asked by: Nick12
This a pre-stain, used before oil stain product
Answered by: HALM
Date published: 2021-03-24
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Wood Conditioner is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 85.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for a prefect finish As an advanced woodwork with over forty years experience, I use this product every project, every time. If you have ever experienced uneven staining or blotches especially in say poplar or pine use this. After achieving a consistent finish you will forever use it an all wood. I would never risk a finish without using it. I just finished a bar for a client that used $2100 of mohagany. This is always will be the first step of a perfect finish. Always use it as you will not regret it. Why risk your time not to use it?
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great product! Used Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner before staining a pine bed headboard we made. Followed the manufacturer directions and got exactly the result we wanted. Prepared the pine by sanding up to 180 grit. Applied the pre stain conditioner with a brush paying attention the knots to ensure full coverage, then removed the excess with a rag after 10-15 minutes. Let it dry for around an hour as it wasn’t too warm in our basement. Then applied Minwax Wood Finish Stain in Espresso colour (as per Minwax directions) and it looks fantastic. Thanks for the excellent products!
Date published: 2020-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Use on every wood stain project. Plan your work. I make cabinets and use Minwax oil based stain on them. I use the conditioner on every project. Follow the directions and wipe off all excess within 15 minutes and stain with 2 hours and results are great. Plan your work so you can do this within the time frame required. If you attempt to do too much staining within 15 minutes of application you will get poor results. Follow directions and get good results.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to use it properly. I purchased this and tested it on some pine. I had some blotchy results initially when I tried to stain soon after I wiped off the excess. Best to let it dry a good hour or so then apply the stain and it will be perfect. You need to let the conditioner fully dry otherwise it hasn't created the proper seal below the surface.
Date published: 2020-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I have been refinishing furniture for a few years now and constantly go through wood conditioner. I would say that I have more than enough experience working with these products and know what brands work well. I had not tried the Minwax wood conditioner until I received this product and was not very impressed. After using this product I felt that it did not prepare the wood for staining very well. I had to use a few coats for it to be ready and I was not happy with the results. In the future, I would look for different brands of wood conditioner.
Date published: 2022-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'm Going To Try This Again The first coat of stain on my pine wood project turned out blotchy after using the conditioner. I started staining after 15 minutes had passed and wiping off excess. Perhaps the product needs more drying time than 15 minutes? If it's better to wait an additional 15 min-1/2 hour, shouldn't the directions state, "2. Allow to penetrate for 5 to 15 minutes, then remove any excess with clean dry cloth. Wait 1/2 hour before applying stain. 3. Apply stain within 2 hours of application..." The window to stain is less but wouldn't the results be worth it?
Date published: 2019-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful product, but.. I used this product prior to applying Special Oak and Weathered Oak over a test piece of pine- the results were so even and beautiful! On the barn door I applied the conditioner and it looked as if the product was blotchy.. I’m thinking the wood may have been a little too wet still so I didn’t proceed with the staining. I’m going to let the pine dry for a couple more weeks- then should I sand off the conditioner and start from ground zero? Or should I just apply another coat of conditioner and go from there? Thanks Minwax! :)
Date published: 2019-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Noticeably effective for large surfaces This review is for Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner (as purchased from a big-box retailer). I used it in fabricating a large woodworking project from furniture-grade birch veneer plywood. The scale of the project justified testing on scrap pieces beforehand the results of applying the stain (a medium-brown "pecan" color oil-based stain) both with and without using the pre-stain conditioner. At the scale of the scrap pieces (one foot square), the conditioner's effect of making the final stain more uniform in value was seemingly noticeable, but not what I would call "dramatic." However, when I used the conditioner on the final parts in the project (stained before assembly), the effect was indeed dramatic, not only across single large surfaces (some as large as 15 square feet), but from part to part, some stained several days apart. All the surfaces were consistently uniform in effect, with no dull or blotchy areas or out-of-control grain. Comparing the results to other large projects I have made without using the pre-stain conditioner, I could easily see that using the conditioner made a significant improvement in the quality of the finish. The only slightly negative aspect of using the conditioner is that the final color is, overall, very slightly lighter, on average, than unconditioned projects (made from the similar wood), but that's something that will be manageably predictable in future projects. (I can not comment, as others have, on the importance of following Minwax's instructions for timing the application process, or the consequences of ignoring them, because I followed them carefully; I wiped off excess conditioner after 10 minutes, and applied the final stain one hour later.) Bottom line: The value of using the pre-stain conditioner on relatively small surfaces may not be obvious, but I am very pleased with the results on large surfaces.
Date published: 2020-05-20
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