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  • Conditions interior wood surfaces to prep for oil based stain
  • Seals soft or porous wood for a smooth, even wood stain finish
  • Easy to use, high solid formula covers up to 220 sq. ft./quart
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About This Product

Varathane 1 qt. Wood Conditioner is a pre-staining step made for use on interior wood projects before finishing with an oil-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.

Highlights

  • Use prior to applying stain to 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 220 sq. ft.
  • 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 mineral spirits
  • Will work on a variety of wood surfaces including interior wood furniture, cabinets, doors, trim, wood floors and paneling
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Product Information

Internet # 305704375

Model # 342087

Store SKU # 1003317070

Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size

1 Quart

Coverage Area (sq. ft.)

220 sq ft

Details

Application Method

Brush

Base Material

Oil Based

Dry to Touch (min.)

30 min

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

Mineral Spirits

Paint/Stain Features

No additional features

Product Form

Liquid

Returnable

90-Day

Substrate Condition

Bare Wood, Finished Wood, Stained Wood, Unfinished Wood

Transparency

Transparent

Vertical/Horizontal

Vertical / Horizontal

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty

Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

Questions & Answers

58Questions
caret
Q:is this recomended for red oak
by|Apr 17, 2024
1 Answer
Answer This Question

A:  Happy to help! Rust-Oleum Varathane Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is intended for use on softwood surfaces to help ensure an even color. Harder woods typically do not require a wood conditioner prior to staining. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

by|Apr 17, 2024
    caret
    Q:I used the prestain wood conditioner with varathane natural oil based stain and varathane satin polyurethane for some red oak shelves in my kitchen pantry. Is this safe for storing boxes of food like cereal?
    by|Mar 26, 2024
    1 Answer
    Answer This Question

    A:  Great question, Matt! Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Conditioner, Stains, and Polyurethanes can be used on pantry shelves and other surfaces that will have indirect contact with food. We would not recommend them for use on the inside of canisters or boxes that are storing loose food. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

    by|Mar 26, 2024
      caret
      Q:is this product safe for food contact when used before food grade stain?
      by|Mar 8, 2024
      1 Answer
      Answer This Question

      A:  We're happy to help, Gene. While Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Conditioner can help seal soft woods, it is not considered a food safe product. We do not recommend applying to surfaces that will make direct contact with food surfaces. -Rust-Oleum Product Support 14

      by|Mar 11, 2024
        caret
        Q:Should I use this product with gel stain? Or is the water-based pre-stain conditioner a better option with gel stain?
        by|Nov 2, 2023
        1 Answer
        Answer This Question

        A:  We're happy to help. As our Rust-Oleum Varathane Premium Gel Stain is an Oil-Based Stain we recommend using Rust-Oleum Varathane Oil-Based Wood Conditioner before applying the wood stain. -Rust-Oleum Product Support 14

        by|Jan 20, 2024
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          Customer Reviews

          4.2 out of 5

          • 4.2 out of 437 reviews
          • 74% recommend this product
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          Toxic Fumes
          I am so disappointed. I have used mini wax wood conditioner in the past and there were no fumes. Now Home Depot doesn’t carry mini wax. I regret using this condition. It also darkened my wood and I have to start all over. Very upset!
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          This review is from 8 oz. Wood Conditioner
          Response from Rust-OleumSupportDec 18, 2023
          Thank you for reaching out and sharing your experinece, Vanessa. Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Conditioner is designed to even out the porosity of porous woods such as pine, maple, alder, fir, and birch, since staining these woods directly can result in a splotchy or uneven appearance. Applying this product and wiping the excess according to the label instructions should not result in any change in the color of the wood surface.
          - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
            Did What it Promised
            Easy to apply. Could only find the small sized cans so I had to buy three. Good product.
            by
            This review is from 8 oz. Wood Conditioner
            • Verified Purchase
            Must have.
            This is a must have for staining soft woods like pine. It really helps to keep the stain from blotching.
            by
            • Verified Purchase
            • Recommended
            I conditioned, stained and varathaned my custom workbench. Had several...
            I conditioned, stained and varathaned my custom workbench. Had several tell me it was more of a household piece that a garage piece! Ha *came out good.
            by
            • Verified Purchase
            Glad that I started with this product
            Only giving 4 stars due to lack of information available from Rustoleum on this product. However, we achieved the look we were going after. We decided to buy unfinished cabinets for the kitchen. If our stain doesn't work out, we'll still paint with oil based paints. But, we wanted to try to create a natural look using the money we spent. We definitely followed the directions. Against the grain. It was nice to see the difference of the conditioner before our eyes.
            by
            This review is from 8 oz. Wood Conditioner
              • Recommended
              Good product, (probably 30 minutes- MAX)
              Seems like an alright product? I had never used before. I wanted to stain birch to look like walnut. I was told at my local HD store that this wood conditioner opens the pores of the wood to absorb the stain, (or create an even absorption). Was told the pictures of my project, (after this conditioner and four coats of stain), look good but I'm not happy with it. I did sand prior, but think I left this on too long? I also think I should have gone with a gel wood stain. Hopefully the Varathane stain poly will make it look better to me.
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              This review is from 8 oz. Wood Conditioner
              • Verified Purchase
              • Recommended
              Blotchy
              I used this as directed and the aged walnut stain for my butcher block for a desk and it turned out blotchy. So disappointing
              by
              Response from Rust-OleumSupportApr 25, 2022
              Oh no, not something we like to hear. Varathane Premium Wood Conditioner is designed to prep soft or porous woods before staining. Apply with a brush or clean, lint-free cloth. Apply the 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. Allow the conditioner to penetrate for 30 minutes before staining. Give us a call at 800-901-0411 so we can hear more about your application and try to make things right.
              - Rust-Oleum Product Support 6 Rustoleum
                2 found this review helpful
                Don’t get!
                I have used pre conditioner before with another brand and was very disappointed in this product. The fumes were awful and it took hours to dry! I had one area where there was no pre conditioner and when I stained it and another area that had pre conditioner, the pre conditioner was blotchy-it had the opposite effect (image shows the left side where the pre-conditioner was used). Now I have to re-sand the floors again and start again-so frustrating!
                by
                Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 30, 2022
                Oh no, not something we like to hear Anna. For best results using Varathane Premium Wood Conditioner, apply the 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. Allow the conditioner to penetrate for 30 minutes before staining. Give us a call at 800-901-0411 so we can hear more about your application and try to make things right.
                - Rust-Oleum Product Support 6 Rustoleum
                  3 found this review helpful
                  Not what I expected
                  I stripped and sanded an antique oak cabinet. I was under the impression that I needed to add conditioner to the piece. The conditioner has darkened the oak and I planned to add a white oak stain to the wood. Now the doors are darker than the cabinet that was just sanded. I would not recommend applying this conditioner to oak wood.
                  by
                  Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 19, 2021
                  Thank you for sharing your experience using our Varathane Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. This product is designed to even out the porosity of porous woods such as pine, maple, alder, fir, and birch, since staining these woods directly can result in a splotchy or uneven appearance. Oak does not typically require a pre-stain conditioner, however, applying this product and wiping the excess according to the label instructions should not result in any change in the color of the wood surface. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
                    4 found this review helpful
                    DO NOT BUY
                    This product does not work. I ran out of MinWax pre-stain conditioner and swapped some of this in. Came out just how I suspected. Luckily this is the inside of the door that no one will see. I urge anyone to avoid this product as it will cause blotching. See photos for comparison between MinWax and Varathane.
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                    Response from Rust-OleumSupportDec 28, 2020
                    Oh no, that's not what we like to see, Adam! Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us further about your application with Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Conditioner. We hope you will give us a chance to try to make things right with you!
                    - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
                      1 found this review helpful
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