Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 16
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LindaLW 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...
October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Willy 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.
September 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by blrow3 Very Good!!
This product worked great on my unfinished knotty alder doors! Created a beautiful finish!
September 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SheriBeri 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.
March 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doresoom 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.
December 2, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff Works well if you modify directions on can
Let dry totally before finish coats! Instructions say to apply finish coats withing two hours, but I found letting conditioner dry thoroughly produces far less streaky results.
May 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DaninKaty Really bring out the wood grain
I have been using this product for the last three years on all my wood projects. I like the way it brings the wood grain out in the projects. It helps make the stain look uniform. Brings up some of the wood fibers so you can sand them off and get a better smoother finish. Sometimes I just put a finish on top of this because the wood pops after using it. Its fast drying so 1 hour later I can sand if needed and then start staining or applying the finish coat. Nice product and will continue to use it on all my wood projects.
February 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Neuf350Z Makes a big difference
I bought a pine sideboard cabinet and did some homework on how best to stain it. I'm glad I did because using this product saved me from making a disaster of it. The wood was very dry and even with a liberal amount of conditioner applied, it soaked it up quickly. I only needed one coat of stain to achieve the right color I was looking for, and it came out nice and even. There's no way I would have gotten these results without using this product, especially on pine.
November 15, 2015