Minwax®
Water Based Wood Stain

Minwax™ Water Based Wood Stain

Overview

Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain is a fast and easy way to add beautiful color to unfinished wood. It comes in 50 traditional wood tones and contemporary decorative colors.

  • Fast-drying.
  • Soap and water cleanup.
  • For beautiful results, use with Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.
  • Colors are mixed at the paint counter of most home centers and hardware stores.
  • NOT RECOMMENDED FOR LARGE SURFACES, SUCH AS FLOORS.

Product Details

Application Tool: synthetic bristle brush, cloth, foam brush, staining pad or rag
Location: interior wood surfaces
Recoat: after 2 hours
Dry Time: 3 hours
Cleanup: soap and water
Coverage: 100 sq. ft. per quart
Coats: 1 coat. For richer and darker color, additional coats may be applied.
Recommended Uses: wood furniture, cabinets, doors, trim, molding and accessories

Directions Instrucciones en Español

WARNING! 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.

NOTE: Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain is NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE ON FLOORS.

Surface Preparation:

  • 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.
  • Apply Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and allow to penetrate 1-5 minutes. This will help ensure even stain color penetration and reduce grain raising on soft and hard woods. Remove excess with a clean cloth.
  • For best results, wait 15-30 minutes before lightly sanding the surface with a fine-grade sandpaper. This will help smooth any raised grain. Remove all sanding dust.

Product Preparation and Color Testing:

  • Stir the stain thoroughly before and occasionally during use. Do not apply when temperature is below 55 F. Do not thin.
  • Always test stain on a scrap piece or hidden area of wood to verify desired color.
  • When working with more than one can, we recommend mixing together the contents of the cans to ensure color consistency.

Stain Application:

  • Apply stain with a synthetic bristle brush, foam brush, staining pad or rag. Then, allow stain to penetrate no longer than 3 minutes.
  • Remove stain that has not penetrated the wood with a clean cloth. Wipe in the direction of the grain using light to medium pressure to achieve even stain color.
  • Note: For best results, do not allow cloth to become saturated with stain. Replace with a clean cloth as necessary. DO NOT ALLOW STAIN THAT HAS NOT PENETRATED THE WOOD TO DRY ON THE WOOD SURFACE.
  • Note: Any uneven color penetration can be blended. Rewet the surface with more stain and lightly rub the stain into the surface, blending light and dark areas.
  • To darken color, apply a second coat after 2 hours, repeating the directions for application of the first coat. Do not sand between coats.

Clear Finish Application:

  • After a minimum of 3 hours (dry time may be extended due to heavy application, low temperatures or high humidity), complete your project by applying a clear protective finish such as Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish or Minwax® Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane.
  • Note: Minwax® Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane will amber slightly and may change the final look of the stain. Spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.

COVERAGE: Approximately 100 sq. ft. per quart.

CLEANUP: Use soap and warm water.

Colors

The colors shown are for reference purposes only. They have been reproduced using digital production techniques. Always test stain on a hidden area of the wood to verify desired color.

The following colors are made with Clear Tint Base

Natural Beige
NATURAL BEIGE
Latte
LATTE
Desert Sand
DESERT SAND
Honey Comb
HONEY COMB
Cocoa
COCOA
Cinnamon
CINNAMON
English Oak
ENGLISH OAK
Harvest Gold
HARVEST GOLD
Oriental Ginger
ORIENTAL GINGER
Colonial Pine
COLONIAL PINE
Vermont Maple
VERMONT MAPLE
Terracotta
TERRACOTTA
Cinnamon Toast
CINNAMON TOAST
Dutch Chocolate
DUTCH CHOCOLATE
Rosewood
ROSEWOOD
Toffee
TOFFEE
Coffee
COFFEE
American Walnut
AMERICAN WALNUT
Classic Black
CLASSIC BLACK
Onyx
ONYX
China Red
CHINA RED
Fruit Punch
FRUIT PUNCH
Spice
SPICE
Sangria
SANGRIA
Antique Red
ANTIQUE RED
Cherry Blossom
CHERRY BLOSSOM
Royal Mahogany
ROYAL MAHOGANY
Burgundy
BURGUNDY
Winter Moss
WINTER MOSS
Antique Jade
ANTIQUE JADE
Green Tea
GREEN TEA
Botanical
BOTANICAL
Early Spring
EARLY SPRING
Verdigris
VERDIGRIS
Hunter Green
HUNTER GREEN
Mustard
MUSTARD
River Stone
RIVER STONE
Charcoal Grey
CHARCOAL GREY
Island Water
ISLAND WATER
Deep Ocean
DEEP OCEAN

The following colors are made with White Tint Base

Natural Peach
NATURAL PEACH
Parchment
PARCHMENT
Honeydew
HONEYDEW
Driftwood
DRIFTWOOD
Harvest Grain
HARVEST GRAIN
Winter Sky
WINTER SKY
Blue Hawaii
BLUE HAWAII
Pearl Grey
PEARL GREY
Slate
SLATE
Wood Rose
WOOD ROSE

White Wash Pickling Stain
Soft, subtle finish that adds just a wash of white color, while allowing the wood grain to show through.

White Wash Pickling Stain
WHITE WASH PICKLING STAIN

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advantage to using a water-based stain?

Water-based stains dry quickly and clean up with soap and water. Projects can often be completed in one day.

Will Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain raise the grain of the wood?

As long as Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is used prior to staining, Water Based Wood Stain will not raise the wood grain.

How long should Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain be left on wood?

Water-based stain dries very quickly. It should be allowed to penetrate no more than three minutes before wiping away the excess.

Should Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain be used on floors?

No. Water-based stains dry very quickly, making them difficult to apply evenly over large surfaces. For very large areas such as floors, we recommend an oil-based product such as Minwax® Wood Finish™ stain.

What is a tint base?

Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain comes in two tint bases—Clear Tint Base and White Tint Base—that are used to make 50 different stain colors. A tint base is brought to the paint counter at the home center or hardware store for color mixing, similar to the way paint is mixed.

What is White Wash Pickling Stain?

It is a Water Based Wood Stain that adds a subtle shade of white color to wood while allowing the natural grain to show through. Unlike the Clear and White Tint Bases, the White Wash Pickling Stain does not require mixing and is ready to use right out of the can.

Which clear protective finish should be used over Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain?

We recommend Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish for a crystal-clear finish that will not alter the appearance of the stain color. For a warmer, slightly amber finish over wood tones, Minwax® Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane is recommeded.

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