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Wood Conditioner

Article #1449088 Model #200034444 Format 946ML
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Description

For even stain penetration on soft woods such as pine, fir and spruce.
  • Specifically designed to use before staining to help prevent streaking and blotching and help ensure a beautiful, even stain
  • Use on any wood but is especially necessary when working with soft or porous woods like pine, alder, birch, and maple
  • Penetrates the grain of the wood to promote uniform acceptance of oil-based stains

Product specifications

Warranty
None
Unit Of Measure Quantity
32
Unit Of Measure
Fluid ounce(s)
Base Material
Oil-based
Clean-up Method
Mineral spirits
Color/finish Family
Clear
Container Size
1-quart
Coverage Area(ft2)
125.0
Coverage Area(m2)
11.6125
Dry to Re-Coat
1-2 hours
Dry To Touch
30-60 minutes
For Use on Hardwood
Yes
For Use on Softwood
Yes
Model Description
32-fl oz Wood Conditioner
Number Of Coats Recommended
1
Package Quantity
1
Sub-brand
N/A
Type
Pre-stain 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 4.6 out of 5 by 214.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Used on soft pine with good results My first experience with this product, which I understand if basically a water thin varnish. Made a coffee table from pine pallet wood with great results. I first tested it on some scrap wood, and, just has the product literature says, found that the pre stain conditioner gave a more even stain effect. The part of the scrap without it had both very dark spots, and other spots that were almost white! Just make sure you give it time to dry before starting to stain your project, also the thickness and/or number of coats will have a big impact on how your project accepts stain. I look forward to playing with this again on a future project!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor results I bought this for a premium pine bookcase I made from 1 x 12 and wanted a clean smooth finish. I followed directions to the letter and stained the bookcase with Minwax oil based stain. Instead of preventing splotches and spots this product seemed to encourage them and the quality of the finish had a range of dark and light spots. When I tested various stain colors (this was a gift so I prepared finish samples for the recipient to choose from)) on scrap from the same wood used to make the bookcase the finish was smooth and even. Instead of promoting a nice finish this product seems to have caused the problem it was supposed to prevent.
Date published: 2021-02-02
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 Actually does the job I've used a number of methods to reduce uneven stain penetration over the years - sanding sealer, diluted varnish wash, etc. I'd read that the Minwax wood conditioner worked well, so I gave it a shot on some unfinished pine furniture I wanted to stain with a medium gray. Application was simple - just brushed on lightly. (instructions say one can use a rag as well), and there was a two hour (I think) window in which to apply the stain. I was impressed - the stain penetrated almost like bare wood, but it indeed was much less uneven. Most other techniques I've used, the stain barely penetrates and I basically layered the stain on top. So I'm a believer. This stuff actually works. After staining, the finish applied normally.
Date published: 2018-03-24
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 3 out of 5 by from Lightens Stain too much Minwax Pre-Stain does what it proclaims. It does provide better definition for softer woods, and it does work well to protect cut ends from being a dark mess. You can see from my picture it does enhance definition and minimize blotches. However, when you put the stain on after the pre-stain (I did after 30 minutes in picture) the stain is so light it's unappealing. I used Minwax stains English Chestnut, and Red Oak (and Cherry and Gun Stock not pictured) trying to find a color I could accept. I never did. I ended up using Varathane Light Walnut Stain without pre-stain. It did have a few blotches, but otherwise, I was very pleased with the results on light pine wood. I did use the pre-stain on the ends of the wood, and that did work well.
Date published: 2014-04-06
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 4 out of 5 by from I used an ample amount and let cure 1-2 days Before using, I read a lot of articles about applying it per directions versus letting it sit and cure overnight+. I decided to go the overnight+ route. I was using it on fresh pine. I applied a decent amount and the wood soaked up the conditioner immediately and there was really none to wipe off. After 1 day, the Minwax (oil-based) stain, went on pretty evenly, some areas were still just a little bit blotchy. Some wood I let cure for 2 days, and I noticed that it went on even more evenly with no blotching that I could see. Also, I realized that one piece of wood where I neglected to really get a good amount of the conditioner on, came out very blotchy (after 1 day)! So, with my experience: make sure to use an ample amount whether you need to wipe off or not depends on the type of wood/it's existing age and condition; letting it cure overnight seemed to work well and letting it cure longer seemed to work even better. And please make sure you use in a VERY ventilated area and wear a mask, the smell is so incredibly strong.... to me, like 5x worse that Minwax stain!
Date published: 2016-02-25
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