Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner penetrates the grain of the wood to promote uniform acceptance of oil-based wood stain.


  • Specifically designed to use before staining to help prevent streaking and blotching and help ensure a beautiful, even stain.
  • Quickly dries in 15 minutes to minimize project time.
  • Can be applied over any wood but is especially necessary when working with soft or porous woods like pine, alder, birch, and maple.
  • Evens out the absorption of oil-based stains

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Application Directions

  • Preparation 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.
  • PREPARATION STEPS
    • Start with bare/stripped wood that’s clean and dry.
    • Sand with #220-grit sandpaper in direction of the wood grain and remove sanding dust.
    • Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner can be applied over any wood, but especially necessary when working with soft or porous woods such as pine, fir, alder, aspen, birch and maple.
  • APPLICATION STEPS
    • Stir Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner well, before and during application.
    • Do not thin.
    • Apply using a brush or cloth in the direction of the wood grain.
    • Allow product to penetrate for 5 to 15 minutes.
    • Wipe away excess conditioner with a clean, dry cloth.
    • Apply stain within 2 hours of Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.
    • Complete your project by applying a clear protective finish.
  • CAUTIONS
    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.

Data Sheets:

Product Number Base Container Size SDS PDS
027426615007 Clear 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426115002 Clear 1 Gallon SDS PDS
027426415003 Clear 1 Pint SDS PDS
027426134072 Clear 1/2 Pint SDS PDS