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 PDS
027426402140 Weathered Gray 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426404144 Charred Black 1 Quart SDS PDS

WHAT IS MINWAX DESIGN SERIES WOOD EFFECTS?

It is a Water Based Wood Stain that accelerates the look of aged wood in minutes. Unlike the other Water Based products: Clear and White Tint Bases, the wood effects stains do not require tinting and is ready to use right out of the can. This stain works best with bare or stripped wood by reacting with the woods’ tannins, creating unique looks every time. As the stain dries, the effect develops.

HOW DO I APPLY MINWAX DESIGN SERIES WOOD EFFECTS?

For best results, we recommend using a foam brush applicator. Apply product in direction of the wood grain and let it dry. Unlike other stains, there is no need to wipe away excess Wood Effect stain.

DOES MINWAX DESIGN SERIES WOOD EFFECTS REQUIRE A TOP COAT?

For a rustic & aged look that will continue to patina with time, a top coat is not required. If you prefer increased durability and protection while maintaining the rustic and aged look, we recommend Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish.    

SHOULD MINWAX® DESIGN SERIES WOOD EFFECTS 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.

  • 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.