Minwax® 618514444 Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, 1 Qt


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SKU: 11390923
MFG: 618514444


Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner promotes uniform penetration of Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain and Minwax® White Wash Pickling Stain and helps control the effect of grain raising on both soft and hard woods. Controls grain raising.

  • Size: 1 Qt
  • Use before staining on all types of wood
  • Use as the first step in any water based stain project on all types of wood to prepare for staining
  • Prevents blotching and streaking to ensure beautiful, even stain color
  • Controls grain raising
  • Soap & water clean-up.


  • Application Tool: cloth, synthetic bristle brush or foam applicator
  • Dry Time: 1-5 minutes
  • Cleanup: soap and water
  • Coverage: 100-125 square feet per quart
  • Coats: 1
  • Recommended Uses: All soft or hard woods before using Water Based Wood Stains
  • Stain Application: After allowing 15-30 minutes to dry and lightly sanding with fine grade sand paper.


What is the purpose of Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner?

  • Water-based stains react differently to wood than do oil-based stains. When using water-based stains, it’s essential to treat all types of wood with Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Minwax®
  • Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner helps promote even stain penetration and reduces the effect of grain raising.

Does Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner need to be sanded after it dries?

  • Yes. Sanding will smooth out any grain that was raised during the application of the Conditioner.


  • Surface must be dry, clean, and free of dirt, grease, glue, and any existing coatings before staining
  • Sand the wood in the direction of the grain, first using medium-grade sandpaper (#120) working your way to fine-grade sandpaper (#220). Do Not Use Steel Wool.
  • Remove all sanding dust
  • Stir contents thoroughly before use. Do not apply when temperature is below 55°F. Do not thin
  • Apply Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner with a synthetic bristle brush, foam brush or clean cloth. Allow to penetrate 1-5 minutes
  • Remove excess with a clean cloth. Do not allow product that has not penetrated the wood to dry on the wood surface
  • After 15-30 minutes, lightly sand the surface with fine-grade sandpaper (#220) to smooth any raised grain. Remove all sanding dust
  • Surface is now ready for staining with Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain.


  • Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.
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