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General Finishes Oil Based Pre-stain Wood Conditioner, Natural, 1/2 Pint
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General Finishes Oil Based Pre-stain Wood Conditioner, Natural, Quart
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General Finishes Oil Based Pre-stain Wood Conditioner, Natural

Apply before stain to minimize blotching in porous woods.
Item #
GRP10930
Rating:
92% of 100

Designed to help soft, porous woods such as aspen, pine and cherry accept a stain more evenly. Pre-sealing the wood will lighten the color of your stain, so test the pre-stain and the color before starting. A second coat of stain may be applied after the first coat has dried to achieve a darker color.

(1) General Finishes Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
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Brand General Finishes
Tech Spec
  • Coverage: 50ft/ 8 ounces
  • Suggested Application: Cloth, brush, foam brush or paint pad
  • Suggested Surface Prep: Raw wood, sand with #100 or #120 grit paper and finish with #220 grit
Dry Time 8-10 hrs
Size 8 oz, Quart
Species Natural
4.6 / 5.0
18 Reviews
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I have used fora natural stain on red oak, quarter dawn red oak, maple and figured maple, all finished with General Finishes water based high performance gloss topcoat -with the topcoat sprayed in Wagner HVLP Control Spray, turns out FANTASTIC!
June 8, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Excellent-highly recommend!
Best product I’ve ever used!
June 7, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Excellent
Covered well
April 30, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I do lots of refinishing. The pre-stain conditioner Prevents The subsequent stain coat from blotching the bare wood created by scratches and mold
April 7, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Excellent product.
Excellent product. Used it on a cherry tabletop. Allowed the finish to go on evenly without the usual botching associated with cherry.
April 3, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great product.
I used this in conjunction with the Java and Georgian Cherry gel stain. Fabulous.
March 1, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Pine requires Pre-Stain
General Finishes Pre-Stain does what is supposed to do. There was absolutely no color blotching when the stain was applied.
December 1, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Easy to apply, makes staining much more reliable.
August 2, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Works well.
I needed to stain poplar. It was recommended to me by Rockler personnel to use a pre-stain for minimal blotching. It did the trick. I will be using General Finishes from now on. I'm pleased with the results.
May 5, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I use this on pine before...
I use this on pine before I stain the project and it really turns out nice and even, without the splotching that is so common with soft woods. General Products are the best, and this pre-conditioner is no exception. An excellent product that will make your next project looking better than you would expect. So take the time to get rid of the blotches. I put this on with a soft cloth, used an old tee shirt. then waited 30 minutes before putting on the stain. It works great.
October 19, 2009
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Familiarity with product. Works well to minimize blotchiness in staining.
James M on Jul 17, 2018
working with Alder for frames and want as consistent a base for the stain as possile
Kurt B on Jun 4, 2017
Familiarity with product. Works well to minimize blotchiness in staining.
James M on Jul 17, 2018
Good reviews
Michael R on May 2, 2018
working with Alder for frames and want as consistent a base for the stain as possile
Kurt B on Jun 4, 2017
Table top is Poplar. I have done some research which says Poplar can stain blotchy. I want the stain to take evenly.
Lauren C on Mar 20, 2017
keeps the finish consistent ... good idea
Robin G on Mar 8, 2017
I needed a wood conditioner and it satisfies my need plus I assume it will be compatible with the stain I am also purchasing
Joe M on Nov 9, 2016
It really works!
Pamela M on Sep 7, 2016
using on pine boards to help with blotching.
Charles L Brown J on Mar 29, 2016
Just the reviews on the product
BARBARA on Mar 28, 2016
I am creating a standing mirror out of a builder-grade vanity mirror. I will need to pretreat the raw wood trim so the brown mahogany gel stain will adhere well.
Kristie C on Jan 29, 2016
because i am finishing birch plywood
Mark Y on Jan 25, 2016
to even out wood tones on project
sandra h on Jan 16, 2016
Seals blotchy woods like cherry and alder.
Michael R on Dec 15, 2015
Customer preference.
Gene R on Oct 11, 2015
needed this
James H on Aug 31, 2015
Recommended for bare pine bead board prior to using GF Java Gel Stain
Bobbi G on Jul 13, 2015
as above
Donnie P on Jun 13, 2015
On line research
Jeff L on May 24, 2015
I've used it before with great results
Candace D on May 11, 2015
To get a better application of the Gel Stain on pine.
Roger G on Apr 20, 2015
Good reviews
Michael R on May 2, 2018
Table top is Poplar. I have done some research which says Poplar can stain blotchy. I want the stain to take evenly.
Lauren C on Mar 20, 2017
Is this to be used only prior to using an oil-base stain? That is, would it be compatible or even desirable to use this for a water-base stain?
Philip S on Feb 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: i only use pre stain on pine because it blotches with out it
But it can certainly br used on oil and water stain
Would you use this product with a gel stain?
mike h on Sep 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would use a gel stain after the pre-stain. I had to work to get all the old finish off the wood. I scraped it until it was gone. The secret in getting the gel stain to go on evenly is complete removal of all the old finish. You might need two coats of gel-stain for good coverage.
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