Minwax® Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

Minwax® Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner penetrates the grain of the wood to promote uniform acceptance of water-based wood stains and helps control the effect of grain raising on both soft and hard woods.

  • Helps prevent streaking and blotching to ensure a beautiful, even stain for all water-based stains
  • Quickly dries in 5 minutes to minimize project time
  • Water-based formula makes for easy soap and water clean up

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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.
    • 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 1 to 5 minutes.
    • Wipe away excess conditioner with a clean, dry 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 to smooth any raised grain. Remove all sanding dust.
    • After Pre-Stain application, add stain following label instructions.
    • Complete your project by applying a clear protective finish.
    CAUTIONS: 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. Get medical attentional if irritation persists. If swallowed, call Poison Control Center, hospital emergency room, or physician immediately. 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
027426618503 Clear 1 Quart SDS -
027426618510 Clear 1 Quart SDS -


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.


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


No. For oil-based stains such as Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain and Minwax® Gel Stain, use Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.

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