Rated 3.3 out of 5Â by 12
Rated 3 out of 5Â by TexasDIYer 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.
May 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DoItMyselfEr Exceeded my expectations
Our home was built in the 1940's. We gutted it down to the original block walls that it was built with. I was looking for an old, used, and abused, yet still new look for our replacement oak doors and molding. I thought the water based stain would give the appearance of the worn look I was trying to achieve. It turned out amazing! I will continue to buy this product until my home is completely remodeled.
August 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by AshleyMP 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.
May 31, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Rookie 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.
May 1, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Sai47 Worse than useless - in "river stone"
I bought this to try restaining a blonde pine coffee table in grey to get that old, oxidized wood look.
I didn't know to try watering this down to 60/40. So I applied it like a normal stain. It goes on like paint and rubs off like paint, and dries super fast. There are thick patches of grey where the stain dried too fast to rub off entirely. And there are blonde patches where I rubbed the stain off too quickly to avoid the first problem. My coffee table looks like it came from the dump.
I will have to sand down the entire piece and start over.
The worst part is that my partner has been away for a month and I have been refinishing and upgrading all our furniture. The coffee table was supposed to be the crowning achievement that pulls everything together. Well - he comes back today and there's no time to fix it.
August 9, 2014