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Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

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Designed for use before applying oil-based stains, this wood conditioner ensures even stain penetration on soft or porous woods such as pine, fir, spruce, maple, alder and aspen. Helps prevent streaking and blotching. Many soft or porous woods, like pine and maple, have a tendency to absorb stain unevenly. This product penetrates the grain of the wood to promote uniform acceptance of stain. To determine if you are working with softwood, press your fingernail against a hidden section of the wood. If you make a dent, the wood is soft and probably needs conditioning. Pre-Stain should be used to avoid an uneven stain color.

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Brand Minwax
Manufacturer Part Number 61500
Weight 1.9500
Tech Spec
  • Dry Time: 15 Minutes
  • Recoat Time: 15 Minutes but no more than 2 hours
  • Coverage: 125 sq. ft. / Quart
  • Suggested Application: Cloth, or brush
  • Coats: 1, but highly absorbent woods may require more
  • Clean Up: Mineral spirits or paint thinner
Coverage 125 sq ft
Dry Time 15 min
Size Quart
5.0 / 5.0
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Very good pre-stain
I have used this for a lot of years and highly recommend it. It will make your projects look so much better. then if you don't. It is super easy to use and can start your staining in just a little over 15 minutes or wait almost 2 hours to apply your stain.
September 10, 2019
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Quality Pre-stain, great success with it.
Scott B on Jan 24, 2019
Quality Pre-stain, great success with it.
Scott B on Jan 24, 2019
Can you use this on golden oak cabinets that has been lightly sanded and clean or do you even need it?
Kitty P on Feb 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Don't think you'd need it...just go ahead with 1 or 2 coats of poly.
can I spray this product?
mike g on Sep 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sure looks like you could--low viscosity--should be easy. I used a brush myself, but I think it would work in a sprayer.
Water base pre stain with oil base stain?
A shopper on Jun 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: That is not a problem. The pre-stain is designed to be used as a preparation for oil-based stain.
Is there a step between wiping off pre-stain wood conditioner and staining?
How long after wiping off pre-stain wood conditioner can I start staining?
Ellen L on Oct 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No step in between, put the wood conditioner on, wait 15 minutes, wipe excess off and then follow up with your stain within two hours. This stuff is an absolute must have on soft woods like pine.
what is ideal temperture to apply ?
Norman G on Oct 16, 2019
Does this pre-stain add any color (using it on Ash)?
Clay C on Sep 4, 2019