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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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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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  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
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BrandVarathaneVarathaneVarathane
Name8 oz. Wood Conditioner (4-Pack)1 qt. Wood Conditioner (2-Pack)1 qt. Classic Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
Price
$2592
/case
$2701
/case
Ratings
(282)
(282)
(65)
Container Size8 Ounce1 Quart1 Quart
Application MethodBrushBrushBrush
Base MaterialOil BasedOil Based
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)55 ft²220 ft²125
Product FormLiquidLiquid
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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 Quart
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)
125

Details

Application Method
Brush
Dry to touch (min.)
30
Interior Paint & Stains Product Type
Oil/Conditioner
Interior/Exterior
Interior
Number of coats recommended
2
Number per Package
1
Paint Tool Product Type
Interior Paint/Stain
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Soap & Water
Paint/Stain Features
No additional features
Transparency
Transparent

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Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

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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
      6 people found this helpful
      best to bay Varathane
      best to bay Varathane there the best around to do the job right and last long.
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        Worked fine on a lot of curly maple before an...
        Worked fine on a lot of curly maple before an alcohol-based dye. I used this as the "grain-raising" step. Sanded to about 180, then this, allow to dry, and then 220 sanding before dye.
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          I had to wait for about 15 min and the...
          I had to wait for about 15 min and the advice I ultimately received was just above middle school level. The product performed poorly and I ende up buying an oil based stain at the other store.
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          Response from Rust-OleumSupportJul 19, 2021
          Let's talk about this! To ensure proper drying, excess conditioner does need to be wiped away. After 15-30 minutes, lightly sand the surface with fine-grade sandpaper (#220) to smooth any raised grain. Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Wood Conditioner is also intended for use with water-based wood stains.
          - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
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          This product worked well. It made the stain go on evenly.
          This product worked well. It made the stain go on evenly.
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