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Minwax 1 qt. Water Based Wood Stain


1 qt. Water Based Wood Stain

$1077 /each
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Product Overview

Use Minwax 1 qt. Clear Water-Based Wood Stain with Minwax Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner for long-lasting beauty that still reveals the natural wood grain on furniture, cabinets, doors, woodwork, cabinets, moldings and trim. The stain can be tinted to create rich, custom colors that complement your decor.

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  • Suitable for application on furniture, woodwork, cabinets, doors, moldings and trim
  • Formulated for easy application with a cloth, synthetic-bristle brush or foam applicator
  • Clear base is tintable to create a custom-color stain
  • 1-can covers up to 100 sq. ft.
  • Washes up with soap and water
  • Recoat in 2 hours
  • Dries to the touch in 3 hours
  • Get the right stain for your project - click here for a buyer's guide
  • Actual paint colors may vary from on-screen and printer representations
  • Online Price includes Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT

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Customer Questions & Answers

can you custom mix stain to match my sample

Asked by: jim
I would think they can since the technology is there for paints already.
Answered by: MaddMaxxWoodWorks
Date published: 2016-10-18

Is this available in gallon or only a quart?

Asked by: kane19
Some of the products are available in a gallon size. You might have to order it though.
Answered by: MaddMaxxWoodWorks
Date published: 2016-10-18

I need water base dark walnut stain

Where can i get this
Asked by: Vinny
Hi Vinny! Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. Unfortunately, a water based walnut stain is not available on appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future. Thank you for shopping Home Depot.
Answered by: HomeDepot
Date published: 2016-08-19

How do I pick the tint when ordering this product online? I wanted to get the green tea color

This product is a clear tint base, but I don't see an option to pick the color online
Asked by: gldfldgrl
I am not sure if they offer that information online or not. You might try what i did which was to order it online to make sure you get it then go in and pick your color when you pick it up. The Water based stains have a different set of colors than the oil based stains.
Answered by: MaddMaxxWoodWorks
Date published: 2016-11-19
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Customer Reviews

1 qt. Water Based Wood Stain is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as it says it does I am a professional furniture builder and have resisted using water based products. This product though can be tinted which is why I chose to try it. The color is phenomenal and the staff did a great job mixing it. It went on quickly and dried just as fast. I wouldn't recommend this for your natural colors you can find easily in oil based. But if your looking for a certain color like Red Blue, Etc. I would go with this product for sure.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible instructions left my headboard project splotchy. I used the pre stain conditioner accor... Terrible instructions left my headboard project splotchy. I used the pre stain conditioner according to directions and then applied the wood stain according to directions. It left sections of the pine headboard splotchy. I followed their directions to "blend" the stain to no avail. I love Minwax oil based stain and deviating from that was a mistake.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I've used many stains and clear wood finishes in the past and will avoid water based stains in th... I've used many stains and clear wood finishes in the past and will avoid water based stains in the future though their colors are tempting. I previously used a water based stain from American Finishes and that was better but still difficult to work with. For this project I was refinishing small tables that are made of soft wood. I sanded all the old finish off and used a pre-stain conditioner. That may have caused some of the trouble. I chose the Minwax Crimson which is a beautiful shade of deep red and I'm very happy with that. The product stayed on the surface of the wood like a translucent paint. It showed every brush stroke of the foam brush no matter how carefully I used full length strokes with the grain. But the worst result was the way it dried. I let each coat dry in the same environment where I complete all my projects at least overnight and the finish was always tacky. I lightly sanded each coat before applying the next, but even the final coat stuck to the small blocks of wood I put the dry side on after I flipped the piece over to stain the other side. It would actually pull small bits of wood off the blocks. Two stars for the brilliant color and low odor and super easy cleanup.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Be Careful If you follow Minwaxs directions you may as well just paint it, because that's what it will look like. Short and to the point, this product is a dye not a stain. But there's an easy way to get amazing results, Make sure you treat the wood with at least 1 GOOD coat of water base wood conditioner, 2 coats on end grain and let dry 24 hours. thin the stain by adding 40% distilled water. Apply with a bristle brush for latex paint. If you want a richer and darker tone do a second application. Let it dry for 24 hours.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Terrible if you follow directions - if you don't it's great I bought this to stain a pine table - I wanted a darker look, so choose Toffee color. I put the first coat on, and it was super blotchy - absolutely impossible to get the brush marks out and it generally looked terrible. Then my wife read the reviews here - so I followed their advice, I watered it down 60% stain, 40% water - and wow what a difference - once watered down it looks like stain and goes on like stain. I literally applied with a stain sponge, then wiped off several seconds later - no blotches, no uneven color it looked great. I wanted a slightly darker color, so after 30 minutes I repeated the same exercise and it darkened up but still looked great, you could see the grain of the wood, but it was nicely stained. Bottom line, don't use this product undiluted, it goes on like paint - and I will be sanding down the first piece I did so I can do it properly. This was my method, hope it helps some of you out: 1) Progressively sand down to 220 grit 2) Wipe with a rag soaked in mineral spirits to remove dust 3) Once dry, use MinWax water based wood conditioner - apply quite a lot (surface should be milky colored) then after 5 minutes remove excess with kitchen towels 4) Leave 15 minutes and sand surface with 220 grit wet/dry sand paper 5) Use microfiber fleece cloth to remove any dust from above 6) Use diluted (60% stain/40% water) mix of MinWax stain and apply with a stain sponge pad. I put a reasonable amount on, then immediately wiped it off with the dry part of the same pad. Color was consistent and no blotches after this stage. 7) I wanted a darker color, so after 30 minutes, I repeated step 6 with the same procedure. After 2 coats the color is what I wanted, I can see the grain of the wood - and it's 100% consistent. I will now leave it to dry for 12-24 hours, then apply polyurethane. Hope that helps some of you out - and thanks to the people that said dilute it - without this the product is like paint rather than a stain, and that is not the look I was going for.
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like other reviewers have said, you must dilute. I have used this stain for many projects over the last few years. The largest of which was staining a 12x22 floor. I have gotten fairly good results with the stain as is, but it was a lot of hard work, every time. Most times involved at least a partial re-sanding and starting over to get good results. Recently I read the reviews when looking for a different stain, and saw the recommendations about diluting it. I tried it on a floating shelving project (> 300 sq. ft.) and was blown away by the ease of application. Diluting to about 60/40 or 50/50 (I wasn't exact), I was able to apply the stain (with a high quality synthetic brush) much thinner than before, but with greater coverage for each stroke. Wiping it off was smooth and left no blotchiness or splotches. I was able to achieve the same results in minutes than the hours it used to take me because of constantly having to redo my work.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not recommended on hard maple. Maybe on some soft wood. This is the most finicky stain I have ever used. It dries very fast, I think too fast. Maybe 1 minute even at 55 degrees F, which is the minimum recommended application temperature. On a warmer day - shudder to even think. I found myself wiping almost immediately after applying, which means not much soak time. Which leads to the next issue: even without the pre-stain, color depth is very poor. I made the mistake of using the prestain / conditioner on my last maple project and it was even worse. I suppose with a soft wood there would be splotchiness, but none of that on maple, which is why I give this ONE star, otherwise it would get none. It does raise the grain though. I may just sand it all off and start over. Thanks, Minwax.
Date published: 2015-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Island Blue My husband and I purchased the Minwax water based stain when we were redoing our barrister cabinet. We opted for the Island Blue tint and we couldn't be happier! First, a couple of hints - 1. DO mix with the 40/60 ratio. Honestly, it makes all the difference. We didn't even try using the full-strength stain, but when held up to the color chart the 40/60 ratio is IDENTICAL to what is shown as a sample. 2. DO use a foam brush. This is of course subject (I cannot stain with tee-shirt or cloth. Ever. It's a guaranteed disaster!) I love the way the foam equally distributes the stain -- the trick is, apply the first heavy coat liberally, and then going back and letting the brush do the work for you to "delete" brush strokes -- one long continuous motion brushed up at the end. As for the color ... because that's important ... I found Island water to have a beautiful range of hues and shades. In the can it looks like "painters tape blue" and that can be unnerving, but once it's on the piece and has had time to dry, the color is absolutely gorgeous! The base/primary is a rich, yet translucent navy, but you do have lighter hints of teal and aqua. My husband think it looks almost like an "oil slick" in color -- with different parts visible in different light. On a side note: I have been refinishing furniture for five years, my primary go-to is always paint, but having explored and played with this stain, I'll definitely use it again in the future, it's that awesome.
Date published: 2014-05-31
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