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1 qt. Classic Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

  • Conditions interior wood surfaces to prep for water based stain
  • Seals soft or porous wood for a smooth, even wood stain finish
  • Easy to use, high solid formula covers up to 125 sq. ft./quart
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Product Details
  • Conditions interior wood surfaces to prep for water based stain
  • Seals soft or porous wood for a smooth, even wood stain finish
  • Easy to use, high solid formula covers up to 125 sq. ft./quart
About This Product

Varathane 1 qt. Classic Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is a pre-staining step made for use on interior wood projects before finishing with a water-based stain. Varathane Wood Conditioner helps prevent splotchy, uneven staining on soft and porous wood types, including birch, maple, alder, fir and pine. High-solids formula offers excellent penetration into the wood for beautiful staining results and projects. Made to prep and seal wood surfaces allowing for a rich, deep and even color.

  • Use prior to applying water-based stain on porous woods to minimize blotchiness and ensure a consistent, even stain application
  • Works on interior soft wood surfaces including pine, maple, alder, fir and birch
  • Covers up to 125 sq. ft. per quart
  • Acts as a wood sealer and seals soft wood pores for a better, even color and stain control without splotches
  • Applies easily to interior wood surfaces using a brush or cloth
  • High-solids formula penetrates deeply into wood to close pores, allow 30 minutes after application before applying wood stain
  • Cleans up with soap and water
  • Will work on a variety of wood surfaces including interior wood furniture, cabinets, doors, trim, wood floors and paneling
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Product ID #: 305626728Internet #: 020066429263Model #: 340226
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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size1 QuartCoverage Area (sq. ft.)125 sq ft

Details

Application MethodBrushBase MaterialWater Based
Dry to Touch (min.)30 minInterior Paint & Stains Product TypeOil/Conditioner
Interior/ExteriorInteriorNumber of coats recommended2
Number per Package1Paint Tool Product TypeInterior Paint/Stain
Paint/Stain Clean UpSoap & WaterPaint/Stain FeaturesNo additional features
Product FormLiquidSubstrate ConditionFinished Wood
TransparencyTransparentVertical/HorizontalVertical / Horizontal

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer WarrantySatisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price
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Questions & Answers

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Q:what is the VOCs/ gal
by|Nov 9, 2023
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A:  Thank you for reaching out, Annie. Each gallon of Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Pre Stain Wood Conditioner contains 307g of VOCs -Rust-Oleum Product Support 14

by|Nov 10, 2023
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    Q:I mistakenly applied Varathane oil based stain over water based pre-stain on Home Depot select pine 1x2 (face frame). The work is heavily splotched. What would you advise I do to correct this?
    by|Oct 29, 2023
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    A:  We're happy to help, Ray! Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is designed for use with the Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-based Wood Stain only. If your finish is undesirable we recommend removing the stain and pre-stain by sanding back to the bare wood surface. -Rust-Oleum Product Support 14

    by|Oct 30, 2023
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      Q:Can I put epoxy over this?
      by|Jan 27, 2023
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      A:  Happy to clear things up, Ivan! Rust-Oleum Varathane Classic Water-Based Wood Conditioner is intended to be used on bare wood prior to staining the surface to help ensure an even color. We do not recommend using this as a sealer on bare wood prior to applying an epoxy to the surface. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

      by|Jan 30, 2023
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        Q:Can I use the conditioner and then wax it if I want a natural look?
        by|Aug 17, 2021
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        A:  Hi Janet, our Varathane Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is compatible with these water-based wood stains, and is a great way to ensure even penetration and color when the stain is applied. These stains do require a protective finish, and while wax may be used, it requires maintenance and reapplication. Our recommended protective finish is our Varathane Ultimate Water-Based Polyurethane, and a matte finish can be used if you would prefer a natural look: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Clear-Matte-Water-Based-Interior-Polyurethane-262074/305587650 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

        by|Aug 3, 2022
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          Customer Reviews

          4.2 out of 5
          • 4.2 out of 84 reviews
          • 73% recommend this product
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          Disappointed. I used this product because I wanted to use...
          Disappointed. I used this product because I wanted to use water based Matt poly. On my test piece minwax oil based product performed much better compared varathane. It could have been my butcher block but I was not happy
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          Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 23, 2022
          Let's see what we can figure out. Varathane Classic Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is for use prior to applying water-based stain on porous woods to minimize blotchiness and ensure a consistent, even stain application. Varathane Wood Conditioner is not suitable for use on butcher blocks since it is not FDA approved for food contact. Watco Butcher Block Oil is the correct FDA approved product for use on butcher blocks.
          https://www.homedepot.com/p/Watco-1-Pint-Clear-Butcher-Block-Oil-241758/316130833
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          Product is easy to apply. There's definitely a noticable difference in stain blotting in pieces...
          Product is easy to apply. There's definitely a noticable difference in stain blotting in pieces that have been conditioned vs not. Stained pieces that i used the conditioner on are more subtle and uniform in coloring. Water clean up is very convenient.
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          Was easy to use very satisfied with the outcome..
          Was easy to use very satisfied with the outcome..
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          Life changer! Really makes a difference when staining a piece
          Life changer! Really makes a difference when staining a piece
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          varathane water based stain
          Applied to bare wood (after sanding to remove previous finish completely ) . Here is the result: NEVER AGAIN!
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          Response from Rust-OleumSupportJul 30, 2019
          Something is amiss here! Our Varathane Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is only compatible with water-based wood stains. We need to know more about the application of the wood conditioner, as well as the wood stain to get to the bottom of this. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411, we want to try to make things right! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
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            This is a HORRIBLE product. First of all (and a minor point), the directions on the back of the c...
            This is a HORRIBLE product. First of all (and a minor point), the directions on the back of the can are unclear, as they go back and forth between calling the product a conditioner and a stain. So, it's a bit confusing. The worst parts, though, are performance. First of all, it is designed to be used with water-based stains. It would be great if it said this right on the front of the can, but it is buried on the back. Secondly, the stains do not penetrate nor adhere the way they should. Simply handling the board, EVEN AFTER THE STAIN HAS DRIED, will create places where the stain will come off as polyurethane is being applied, leaving handprints and fingerprints that appear as if by magic. And of course, after the polyurethane is applied, even if you wipe quickly, it really is not possible to re-stain the area and cover the light-colored handprints. (And I always wear vinyl gloves while handling the wood, so it was not skin oil.) I have attached a picture of what one of these handprints looks like on a board. Now that board is absolutely unusable for it's intended purpose. I have tried sanding and re-staining, with no luck. By the way, I also bought their petroleum-based wood conditioner/pre-stain. The VOCs in it are so vile and intense, that I can't even use it inside my shop without the garage doors open. And they linger for a couple of DAYS, not hours. I have no idea why Home Depot made the idiotic decision to change from Minwax pre-stain conditioner, which works like a charm and has none of the issues, but they did. I will now have to drive 20 miles farther to purchase the GOOD wood conditioner at their leading chain competitor, and since I'm having to drive so far, it would be silly to go to Home Depot for anything. This is sad, since we have purchased well over $125,000 in services, supplies and tools there in the last five years or so, since we have been building our house.
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            Response from Rust-OleumSupportAug 24, 2018
            We hope you will give us a chance, Tony! We want to hear more about your experience with Rust-Oleum Varathane Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and try to make things right with you. We need more information about which stain was applied and how long it was allowed to dry prior to applying the polyurethane. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us.
            - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
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              If excess stain is not removed it dries reddish in...
              If excess stain is not removed it dries reddish in color. The excess is not always easy to see.
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              Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 15, 2023
              Let's see what we can figure out. Apply Varathane Premium Wood Conditioner across the grain until the wood is saturated on top. Wipe the excess wood conditioner off in the direction of the wood grain. Do not let the conditioner dry before wiping off the excess. When staining, always be sure to wipe off excess stain, do not allow the stain to dry on the surface.
              - Rust-Oleum Product Support 6 Rustoleum
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              Easy to apply and wood responds better to staining after...
              Easy to apply and wood responds better to staining after applying conditioner
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