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Minwax 1 pt. Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner


1 pt. Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

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Product Overview

Prepare wood for staining with the Minwax 1 pt. Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. The conditioner penetrates the grain of new or bare softwood surfaces, such as pine, fir and spruce, or porous wood surfaces, including maple, alder and aspen and prevents streaks and blotches to help ensure a beautiful, even stain.

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  • Recommended for use on new or bare soft or porous woods, including pine, fir, spruce, maple, alder and aspen, prior to applying stain
  • 1 qt. covers 250 sq. ft.
  • Prevents blotchiness
  • Formulated for easy application with either a cloth or brush
  • Dry to the touch in 15 minutes
  • Cleans up with mineral spirits
  • Apply stain after 15 minutes but no more than 2 hours
  • Online Price includes Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT

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Container Size
11.5 OZ-Ounce


Dry to touch (min.)
Interior Paint & Stains Product Type
Mildew Resistant
Paint Product Type
Wood Primer
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Mineral Spirits
Primer required

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty

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Customer Questions & Answers

Can I use this product in a wood already stained to even more the color

Asked by: Gitana
Hello. Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is meant to be applied to bare wood, before staining. Regards, Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-05-10

Can this conditioner used on hard woodfloor before staining

Asked by: Nik
Hello. Yes, as our community member states, the Prestain will help the stain take more evenly. Regards, Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-05-01


How much coverage will 1 qt. provide in sq. ft?
Asked by: Ollie
Can't give you an exact answer since the type of wood will absorb more or less than other types. Soft woods will soak up more of this than a hard wood will. On the Home Depot web site for this product they have a picture of the back label and at the bottom left it states a gallon will cover 500 sq. ft., but it doesn't state for what type of wood that they got this info from.
Answered by: DanInKaty
Date published: 2016-06-04

Will storing this product in my garage, over winter ruin it?... If it was froze.

Asked by: Brian
Hello. It is ideal to store our products in above freezing to room temperatures. Regards, Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-07-24
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Customer Reviews

1 pt. Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product works really well to treat soft wood prior to staining. There are fumes released whe... This product works really well to treat soft wood prior to staining. There are fumes released when applying this product. Therefore applying outdoors or in a well ventilated area is recommended.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beware using min wax stain with pre stain. it is imperative to match products. using the water... Beware using min wax stain with pre stain. it is imperative to match products. using the water base pre statin and regular stain will result in a finish that is tacky, dark, gummy and if you apply finish it will peel. min wax rec to sand off to bare wood and then reapply. however it is almost impossible to sand off. We have been two days and untold packages of paper and it is still gummy!!!!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for staining My wife and I had a project which required staining 55 boards of knotty pine. I was wondering if it was really necessary to prime to wood with wood conditioner so we decided to buy a pint and try it on a piece of knotty pine. We couldn't believe the difference between the section that did not have the wood conditioner and the section that had it.. On the section with the wood conditioner, the color was more robust and consistent. Be sure to make sure that the wood conditioner is soaked in or wiped off before applying the stain.
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It does what it promises Help me out to get very even finish sad part that my stain it didn't very well
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pleasant surprise, not hard to do at all! I had this large sheet of unfinished plywood, and I wanted to make a table top with it. I sanded it well, vacuumed it and wiped it down, and then used this Minwax conditioner to treat prior to staining. It looked so good that I considered using a light stain instead of a darker one I'd made up my mind about earlier! The color came out very nice! It looks more like a stain than a treatment! But it was so easy to use, I'd buy it again for another project! I took some photos, too...
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Results for Pine I use this whenever I use pine for cheap woodworking projects. It gives a nice, even finish with no streaks or blotches, as long as you've prepared the wood correctly. (No cross sanding, finished with 220 grit, and make sure stain application is brushed on with the grain.) If you've ever tried staining pine without it, you'll know what a difference it makes! No reason to buy the larger can unless you've got a huge project - they're priced the same per ounce. I had a quart for two years in my garage, and it went bad before I had used more than half of it.
Date published: 2014-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from its like making a blurry picture clear If you are really into your wood work, you will not be sorry you used the prestain. Like others have said (especially on softer woods). It will add a lil bit of a rich color to light color wood even though it is not a stain, but when used with light colored wood & light colored stain it adds a richness to the final finish & looks amazing. The main pourpose of this product is to open the pores of the wood to let the stain absorb better & evenly. It does make a huge difference if you really appreciate the apperiance of the grains/knots of wood products. Simple to apply, brush or cloth & within a few minutes you can apply the stain of your choice. Its like making a blurry picture clear
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No blotches! This worked great! I just wiped it on with an old T-shirt, let it dry, and then applied Cherry stain. No blotches at all! My staircase is gorgeous! If I ever have to stain interior wood, I'll be sure to use this again.
Date published: 2016-03-06
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