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Minwax®
Wood Finish™ 250 VOC Compliant

Minwax® Wood Finish™ 250 VOC Compliant

Overview

Minwax® Wood Finish™ 250 VOC Compliant 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.

  • It is available in 22 wood tone colors.
  • Can be used to add beauty to any bare or stripped wood surface.
  • Ideal for staining furniture, cabinets, doors, molding, and hardwood floors.
  • Is color matched to the standards of the traditional Wood Finish™ line so that your finished results are the same, beautiful, consistent color that you are use to.

Product Details

Application Tool: brush, cloth or foam applicator
Location: interior wood surfaces
Recoat: 4-6 hours
Dry Time: 12 hours
Cleanup: mineral spirits
Coverage: 500 sq. ft. per gallon
Coats: 1 coat. To darken the color, apply a second coat after 4-6 hours.
VOC Content: maximum VOC of 250 g/L
Recommended Uses: unfinished wood furniture, woodwork, doors, hardwood floors, cabinets, accessories
Availability: currently available in the Northeast US, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and California

Directions Instrucciones en Español

FOR INTERIOR USE ONLY

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.

NOTE: Minwax® Wood Finish™ labeled "250 V.O.C Compliant" is not compatible with other Minwax® Wood Finish™ stains. Do not mix other Wood Finish™ stains with stains labeled "250 V.O.C Compliant".

*SPECIAL NOTE: This Product has been formulated to comply with environmental regulations that limit V.O.C. (Volatile Organic Compound) content to 250 grams per liter. It contains higher concentrations of quality resins that lead to a thicker consistency than ordinary stains. Be sure to follow label directions carefully, especially as they pertain to application and coverage rate.

APPLICATION FOR SURFACES OTHER THAN HARDWOOD FLOORS

SURFACE PREPARATION:

  1. Surface must be dry, clean, and free of dirt, grease, glue and existing coatings before staining.
  2. Sand the wood in the direction of the grain using fine-grade sandpaper (#220) until smooth. Remove all sanding dust.
  3. 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:

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

STAIN APPLICATION:

  1. Apply the stain in the direction of the grain, using a brush or clean cloth.
  2. Allow the stain to penetrate a maximum of 5 minutes to achieve desired color. The more time the stain is allowed to penetrate, the richer and darker the color will be.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 12 hours (dry time may be extended due to high humidity, low temperatures, or inadequate ventilation). Complete your project by a Minwax® clear protective finish, following label directions.

  1. Recommended finishes include Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Helmsman® Spar Urethane. Slight ambering may occur when these clear finishes are applied over light-colored stains. Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish is also recommended, especialy over light-colored stains. Polycrylic® should NOT be used over any Red Mahogany stain.
  2. Always spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.

APPLICATION FOR HARDWOOD FLOORS

SURFACE PREPARATION:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Allow the stain to penetrate a maximum of 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.
  3. 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 12 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, Ultimate Floor Finish, or Fast-Drying Polyurethane following label directions.

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

COVERAGE: Approximately 500 square feet per gallon.

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

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.

CAUTIONS: CONTAINS ALIPHATIC HYDROCARBONS.

Contents are COMBUSTIBLE. Keep away from heat and open flame.

VAPOR HARMFUL. Use only with adequate ventilation. To avoid overexposure, open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air, or wear respiratory protection (NIOSH approved) or leave the area. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. Wash hands after using. Keep container closed when not in use. Do not transfer contents to other containers for storage.

FIRST AID: In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with large amounts of water for 15 minutes and get medical attention. For skin contact, wash thoroughly with soap and water. In case of respiratory difficulty, provide fresh air and call physician. If swallowed, call Poison Control Center, hospital emergency room, or physician immediately.

DELAYED EFFECTS FROM LONG TERM OVEREXPOSURE. Contains solvents which can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236. Contact a physician for more health information.

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
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

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ 250 V.O.C. COMPLIANT STAINS?

Minwax® Wood Finish™ 250 V.O.C. Compliant Stains are specially formulated stains that comply with environmental regulations that limit Volatile Organic Compound (V.O.C.) content to 250 grams per liter in semi-transparent interior stains in select regions of the U.S. Areas governed by the 250 V.O.C. regulations include: OTC states (New England and Mid-Atlantic areas) LADCO States, and SCAQMD (Southern California). This product contains higher concentrations of quality resins that lead to a thicker consistency than ordinary stains. Be sure to follow label directions carefully, especially as they pertain to application, dry time and coverage.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO WIPE OFF THE EXCESS STAIN?

The colorants in Minwax® Wood Finish™ 250 V.O.C. Compliant Stain 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™ 250 V.O.C. COMPLIANT STAIN 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™ 250 V.O.C. Compliant stain does not raise the grain, no sanding is necessary before topcoating.

DOES MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ 250 V.O.C. COMPLIANT STAIN 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.

ARE THE MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ 250 V.O.C. COMPLIANT STAINS THE SAME AS WOOD FINISH™ 550 V.O.C. STAINS BEING SOLD?

No, they differ slightly. The chart below illustrates the key application information for each formula.

  WOOD FINISH™
550 V.O.C. STAINS
WOOD FINISH™
250 V.O.C. STAINS
WIPE OFF TIME 5-15 MINUTES 5 MINUTES
RE-COAT TIME 4-6 HOURS 4-6 HOURS
TOPCOAT TIME 8 HOURS MINIMUM 12 HOURS MINIMUM
COVERAGE RATE 600 SQ. FT 500 SQ. FT

CAN I MIX MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ 250 V.O.C. COMPLIANT STAIN WITH THE WOOD FINISH™ 550 V.O.C. STAIN LINE?

The 250 V.O.C. Compliant Stain and the Wood Finish™ 550 V.O.C. stains are made using different base systems that are not compatible and therefore, they should NOT be mixed/boxed. However, the finished results are the same…beautiful, consistent color.

DO THE COLORS OF THE MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ 250 V.O.C. COMPLIANT STAIN MATCH THE WOOD FINISH™ 550 V.O.C. STAIN LINE?

The 250 V.O.C. Compliant Stain colors have been matched to the standards of the Minwax® Wood Finish™ 550 V.O.C. line. You will see no color difference between 250 V.O.C. Compliant Stain and the Wood Finish™ 550 V.O.C. stains.

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, before you begin, it is always best to first test Minwax® Wood Finish™ on a small, inconspicuous area on the project.

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