Minwax® Wood Effects

This water-based wood effect works with wood’s tannins to produce a naturally aged look in minutes. Every piece of wood reacts differently, so every project is unique.


  • Accelerated the look of naturally aged wood
  • Just brush on bare wood
  • Unique results every time

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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
    • Start with bare or stripped wood that’s clean and dry.
    • Sand with medium-grit sandpaper, then fine grit. Remove sanding dust.
  • APPLICATION
    • Test before applying on a hidden spot to make sure you like the effect.
    • Stir product well, before and occasionally during application. Don’t shake or thin product.
    • Apply in direction of the grain. No wiping required.
    • Not recommended for large surfaces like floors due to fast dry time. Use Minwax® Wood Finish™ Penetrating Oil Stain for large projects.
    • Product reacts differently with every piece of wood. Preferred wood species: Oak.
  • PROTECT
    For a rustic look that will continue to patina with time — topcoat not recommended. For increased durability and protection while maintaining a rustic look, use Polycrylic. Note: Final appearance will be darker.
  • CAUTIONS
    Use only with adequate ventilation. To avoid over exposure, 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.

Data Sheets:

Product Number Base Container Size SDS
027426402140 Weathered Gray 1 Quart SDS
027426404144 Charred Black 1 Quart SDS