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Minwax®
Wood Finish™

Minwax® Wood Finish™

Overview

Minwax® Wood Finish™ is a penetrating oil-based wood stain, which provides beautiful rich color that enhances the natural wood grain. It applies easily and penetrates deep into the pores of the wood.

Product Details

Application Tool: brush, cloth or foam applicator
Location: interior wood surfaces
Recoat: 4-6 hours
Dry Time: 8 hours
Cleanup: mineral spirits
Coverage: 150 sq. ft. per quart
Coats: 2 coats are recommended.
Recommended Uses: wood furniture, woodwork, doors, floors, cabinets, 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 clean up. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.

Surface Preparation:

  • Surface must be dry, clean, and free of dirt, grease, glue, and existing coatings before staining.
  • Sand the wood in the direction of the grain using fine-grade sandpaper (#220) until smooth.
  • Remove all sanding dust.
  • To ensure uniform acceptance of stain color and beautiful results, pretreat the wood with Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner following label directions.

Product Preparation And Color Testing:

  • Stir stain thoroughly before and occasionally during use. Do not thin.
  • Always test stain on an inconspicuous area of the wood to verify desired color.

Stain Application:

  • Apply stain in the direction of the grain with a brush or clean cloth.
  • Allow the stain to penetrate 5-15 minutes to achieve desired color. The more time the stain is allowed to penetrate, the richer and darker the color will be.
  • Remove stain that has not absorbed into the wood with a clean cloth. Wipe in the direction of the grain, while blending light and dark areas to obtain uniform color. DO NOT ALLOW STAIN THAT HAS NOT PENETRATED INTO THE WOOD TO DRY ON THE WOOD SURFACE.
  • To darken the color, apply a second coat after 4-6 hours, repeating directions above. DO NOT SAND BETWEEN COATS OF STAIN.

Clear Finish Application:

Allow stain to dry for a minimum of 8 hours (dry time may be extended due to high humidity, low temperatures, or inadequate ventilation). Complete your project by applying a Minwax® clear protective finish, following label directions.

APPLICATION FOR HARDWOOD FLOORS

Surface Preparation:

  • Whether you have a bare wood floor or a floor that already has a finish on it, you will need to sand the floor to prepare it for staining and finishing. Rent or purchase a floor sander and follow the sander manufacturer’s directions to sand the surface down to bare wood, ending with 100 grit sandpaper or equivalent.
  • Remove all sanding dust. Stir stain thoroughly before and occasionally during use. Do not thin. Test stain on an inconspicuous area of the wood to verify desired color.

Stain Application:

  • Apply the stain to the floor using a clean cloth, following the direction of the grain. Work in small sections, approximately three-foot wide, running the entire length of the floor.
  • Allow the stain to penetrate for up to 5 minutes, then wipe off any stain that has not absorbed into the wood, using a clean cloth. The more time the stain is allowed to penetrate, the richer and darker the color will be. DO NOT ALLOW STAIN THAT HAS NOT PENETRATED INTO THE WOOD TO DRY ON THE WOOD SURFACE.
  • To darken the color, apply a second coat after 4-6 hours, repeating directions above. DO NOT SAND BETWEEN COATS OF STAIN.

Clear Finish Application:

Allow stain to dry for a minimum of 8 hours (dry time may be extended due to high humidity, low temperatures, or inadequate ventilation). Complete your project by applying a Minwax® clear protective finish such as Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors,Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish , or Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane , following label directions.

  • For light-colored stained hardwood floors, Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish is recommended.
  • Always spot test on an inconspicuous area or scrap piece of hardwood flooring to ensure satisfactory results.

DANGER: Rags, steel wool, other waste soaked with this product, and sanding residue may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately place rags, steel wool, other waste soaked with this product, and sanding residue in a sealed, water-filled, metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations.

COVERAGE: Approximately 150 square feet per quart.

CLEANUP: Use mineral spirits or paint thinner following manufacturer's safety instructions.

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.

NATURAL 209
NATURAL 209
GOLDEN OAK 210B
GOLDEN OAK 210B
PROVINCIAL 211
PROVINCIAL 211
RED OAK 215
RED OAK 215
PURITAN PINE 218
PURITAN PINE 218
IPSWICH PINE 221
IPSWICH PINE 221
SEDONA RED 222
SEDONA RED 222
COLONIAL MAPLE 223
COLONIAL MAPLE 223
SPECIAL WALNUT 224
SPECIAL WALNUT 224
RED MAHOGANY 225
RED MAHOGANY 225
EARLY AMERICAN 230
EARLY AMERICAN 230
GUNSTOCK 231
GUNSTOCK 231
RED CHESTNUT 232
RED CHESTNUT 232
ENGLISH CHESTNUT 233
ENGLISH CHESTNUT 233
CHERRY 235
CHERRY 235
FRUITWOOD 241
FRUITWOOD 241
GOLDEN PECAN 245
GOLDEN PECAN 245
PICKLED OAK 260
PICKLED OAK 260
DRIFTWOOD 2126
DRIFTWOOD 2126
DARK WALNUT 2716
DARK WALNUT 2716
EBONY 2718
EBONY 2718
JACOBEAN 2750
JACOBEAN 2750
WEATHERED OAK 270
WEATHERED OAK 270
CLASSIC GRAY 271
CLASSIC GRAY 271
HONEY 272
HONEY 272
ESPRESSO 273
ESPRESSO 273

Intermix Colors

You can make these 15 unique colors by mixing equal amounts of two Minwax® Wood Finish™ stains together.

Feeling inspired? Experiment with the Minwax® Wood Finsih™ colors to make your own custom blend. Be sure to write down all of the measurements so you can use that for future projects.

Classic Gray - Sedona Red
CLASSIC GRAY &
SEDONA RED
Classic Gray - Weathered Oak
CLASSIC GRAY &
WEATHERED OAK
Dark Walnut - Ebony
DARK WALNUT &
EBONY
Early American - Natural
EARLY AMERICAN &
NATURAL
Ebony - Classic Gray
EBONY &
CLASSIC GRAY
Ebony - Natural
EBONY &
NATURAL
Espresso - Classic Gray
ESPRESSO &
CLASSIC GRAY
Espresso - Red Mahogany
ESPRESSO &
RED MAHOGANY
Golden Oak - Red Mahogany
GOLDEN OAK &
RED MAHOGANY
Golden Pecan - Red Sedona
GOLDEN PECAN &
SEDONA RED
Honey - Classic Gray
HONEY &
CLASSIC GRAY
Honey - Ebony
HONEY &
EBONY
Honey - Gunstock
HONEY &
GUNSTOCK
Honey - Weathered Oak
HONEY &
WEATHERED OAK
Special Walnut - Classic Gray
SPECIAL WALNUT &
CLASSIC GRAY



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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I leave Minwax® Wood Finish™ on the wood?

Allow the stain to penetrate 5 to 15 minutes. The longer the stain is left on the wood, the deeper it will penetrate. For a light tint, just wipe the excess stain off after a few minutes; for deeper, richer color, wait as long as 15 minutes.

Why is it important to wipe off the excess stain?

The colorants in Minwax® Wood Finish™ are designed to be deposited in the wood pores, not on the surface of the wood. Any pigments allowed to remain on top of the wood will impair topcoat adhesion – causing the finish to peel.

Is it necessary to sand after the Minwax® Wood Finish™ has dried?

No. In fact, we advise against it. Sanding will result in the removal of some of the dyes and pigments in the stained wood. Since Minwax® Wood Finish™ does not raise the grain, no sanding is necessary before adding the clear protective finish.

Does Minwax® Wood Finish™ need to be topcoated?

For added beauty and protection, we recommend topcoating all projects with a clear protective finish such as Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish.

Can Minwax® Wood Finish™ colors be mixed to create additional colors?

Yes, if a desired stain color can only be achieved by mixing two colors, simply experiment with different proportions until the desired color is achieved. Then mix enough stain to complete the entire project to avoid color-matching later.

Why don’t some woods match the colors on the Minwax® product brochures and samples?

Wood can vary in color and pore structure even within the same species. Because every piece of wood is unique, final stain color may vary. While our samples are tested for accuracy, it is always best to first test Minwax® Wood Finish™ on a small, inconspicuous area on the project.

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