Minwax® Color Wash Transparent Layering Color

This water-based wash of color adds a touch of age and character to bare and already-stained wood. Layer over any oil- or water-based stain for extra depth and interest.


  • Endless looks in just one coat
  • Apply to bare wood or layer over any stain
  • Ideal for small projects, furniture, cabinets, doors and trim

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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
    • Apply to bare/stripped wood OR already stained wood.
    • When starting with bare wood, make sure it's clean and dry. For best results, start with a medium-grit sandpaper and increase the grit as you go, finishing with #220 as final sand. Remove sanding du
    • When starting with stained wood, make sure it’s clean and dry, and does not have a protective topcoat finish.
  • APPLICATION
    • Test before staining on a hidden spot to make sure you like the color.
    • Stir stain well before and occasionally during staining. Don’t shake or thin stain.
    • Apply stain against the wood grain.
    • Remove excess stain, for best results remove by wiping against the wood grain.
    • If happy with the color, let dry completely before applying a protective topcoat. To intensify color, recoat after 1-2 hours, repeating directions for application of first coat. Do NOT sand between coats.
    • Not recommended for large surfaces like floors due to fast dry time. Use Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Oil Stain for large projects.
  • PROTECT
    Finish every project with a clear protective topcoat like Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish.
  • CAUTIONS
    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
027426618602 White Wash Pickling Stain 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426400146 Weathered Wood 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426401143 Barnwood 1 Quart SDS PDS

WHAT IS A COLOR WASH?

It is a Water Based Wood Stain that adds a subtle shade of color to wood while allowing the natural grain to show through. Unlike the other Water Based products: Clear and White Tint Bases, the color washes do not require tinting and is ready to use right out of the can. Minwax Design Series Color wash can be applied over oil, such a Minwax® Wood Finish™ stain or Minwax®water-based stain.

HOW LONG SHOULD MINWAX® WATER BASED WOOD STAIN BE LEFT ON WOOD?

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

SHOULD MINWAX® DESIGN SERIES COLOR WASH 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.

WHICH CLEAR PROTECTIVE FINISH SHOULD BE USED OVER MINWAX® DESIGN SERIES COLOR WASH?

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 recommended.

  • Minwax® Product Warranty
    SATISFACTION GUARANTEE LIMITED WARRANTY. This warranty is made to you, the product purchaser who owns the property where the product is applied. This warranty is not transferable except that if a contractor purchased and applied the product to the property for you, then the warranty is transferable to you. If this product, when applied and maintained according to product application and maintenance instructions to a properly prepared surface, fails to perform to your complete satisfaction, Minwax shall, upon presentation of proof of purchase, either replace an equivalent quantity of product free of charge or refund the original purchase price. For a replacement or refund please contact customer service at 1-800-523-9299. This warranty shall not apply to any defect, damage, or product failure resulting from improper surface preparation, structural defects, environmental damage, failure of a previous product, deterioration or defect in the underlying substrate, or improper application or maintenance of the product. Your exclusive remedy, and Minwax's sole liability, under this warranty is the replacement of product or refund and does not include labor or costs associated with the application or removal of any product. IN NO EVENT SHALL MINWAX BE LIABLE FOR ANY TYPE OF INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES WHETHER OR NOT PURCHASER IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, SHALL HAVE THE SAME DURATION AS THE ABOVE EXPRESS WARRANTY. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or limitations on incidental or consequential damages, so portions of the limitations above might not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights, which vary from state to state.