Minwax® Wood Finish™

Minwax® Wood Finish™ is a penetrating oil-based wood stain, which provides beautiful rich color that enhances the natural wood grain. It applies easily, absorbs deep into the pores of the wood, and is ideal for staining unfinished wood furniture, cabinets, doors, trim, molding, and hardwood floors.


  • Deeply penetrating color enhances wood’s beauty in one coat
  • Dries in 2 hours; makes it possible to stain in a day
  • Resists lapping for even color
  • Can be used to add beauty to any bare or stripped wood surface
  • Perfect for interior staining unfinished wood furniture, cabinets, doors, trim, molding and floors
  • Available in 36 beautiful colors
  • Minwax® Wood Finish™ is also available in an aerosol can

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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/stripped wood that’s clean and dry.
    • Sand with #220-grit sandpaper in direction of the wood grain and remove sanding dust.
    • Apply Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner — especially on soft woods — for best, even color.
  • 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.
    • Wipe away excess stain, working with wood grain to blend lighter/darker areas together. The longer you wait, the darker/richer the color.
    • To darken color, recoat. Do NOT sand between coats. If happy with the color, let dry completely before applying a protective topcoat.
  • PROTECT
    Finish every project with a clear protective topcoat like Minwax Fast-Dry Polyurethane or Minwax Polycrylic 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
027426711495 Honey 1 Gallon SDS
027426710061 Special Walnut 1 Gallon SDS
027426710078 Red Mahogany 1 Gallon SDS
027426700420 Pickled Oak 1 Quart SDS
027426700024 Provincial 1 Quart SDS
027426700147 Jacobean 1 Quart SDS
027426700130 Ebony 1 Quart SDS
027426710085 Early American 1 Gallon SDS
027426700123 Dark Walnut 1 Quart SDS
027426700406 Red Oak 1 Quart SDS
027426700079 Red Mahogany 1 Quart SDS
027426700048 Ipswich Pine 1 Quart SDS
027426710016 Golden Oak 1 Gallon SDS
027426710108 Fruitwood 1 Gallon SDS
027426700116 Driftwood 1 Quart SDS
027426710481 Classic Gray 1 Gallon SDS
027426700031 Puritan Pine 1 Quart SDS
027426700000 Natural 1 Quart SDS
027426710009 Natural 1 Gallon SDS
027426700413 Golden Pecan 1 Quart SDS
027426700109 Fruitwood 1 Quart SDS
027426700444 English Chestnut 1 Quart SDS
027426700086 Early American 1 Quart SDS
027426710092 Cherry 1 Gallon SDS
027426700482 Classic Gray 1 Quart SDS
027426710405 Red Oak 1 Gallon SDS
027426700451 Gunstock 1 Quart SDS
027426710412 Golden Pecan 1 Gallon SDS
027426700017 Golden Oak 1 Quart SDS
027426700475 Weathered Oak 1 Quart SDS
027426711501 Espresso 1 Gallon SDS
027426700499 Honey 1 Quart SDS
027426710030 Puritan Pine 1 Gallon SDS
027426710429 Pickled Oak 1 Gallon SDS
027426700055 Colonial Maple 1 Quart SDS
027426700093 Cherry 1 Quart SDS
027426710474 Weathered Oak 1 Gallon SDS
027426700437 Sedona Red 1 Quart SDS
027426700062 Special Walnut 1 Quart SDS
027426700468 Red Chestnut 1 Quart SDS
027426710023 Provincial 1 Gallon SDS
027426710122 Dark Walnut 1 Gallon SDS
027426700505 Espresso 1 Quart SDS
027426227620 Honey 1/2 Pint SDS
027426227637 Espresso 1/2 Pint SDS
027426222403 Special Walnut 1/2 Pint SDS
027426221024 Golden Oak 1/2 Pint -
027426221109 Provincial 1/2 Pint SDS
027426223509 Cherry 1/2 Pint SDS
027426222304 Colonial Maple 1/2 Pint SDS
027426221260 Driftwood 1/2 Pint SDS
027426220904 Natural 1/2 Pint -
027426221802 Puritan Pine 1/2 Pint SDS
027426227606 Weathered Oak 1/2 Pint SDS
027426222106 Ipswich Pine 1/2 Pint SDS
027426710139 Ebony 1 Gallon SDS
027426222502 Red Mahogany 1/2 Pint SDS
027426710146 Jacobean 1 Gallon SDS
027426710450 Gunstock 1 Gallon SDS
027426222205 Sedona Red 1/2 Pint SDS
027426226005 Pickled Oak 1/2 Pint SDS
027426223202 Red Chestnut 1/2 Pint SDS
027426227507 Jacobean 1/2 Pint SDS
027426223004 Early American 1/2 Pint SDS
027426710467 Red Chestnut 1 Gallon SDS
027426223103 Gunstock 1/2 Pint SDS
027426221505 Red Oak 1/2 Pint SDS
027426710047 Ipswich Pine 1 Gallon SDS
027426227163 Dark Walnut 1/2 Pint SDS
027426227187 Ebony 1/2 Pint SDS
027426227613 Classic Gray 1/2 Pint SDS
027426224100 Fruitwood 1/2 Pint SDS
027426710054 Colonial Maple 1 Gallon SDS
027426710436 Sedona Red 1 Gallon SDS
027426223301 English Chestnut 1/2 Pint SDS
027426710443 English Chestnut 1 Gallon SDS
027426224506 Golden Pecan 1/2 Pint SDS
027426227644 True Black 1/2 Pint SDS
027426227651 Simply White 1/2 Pint SDS
027426700512 True Black 1 Quart SDS
027426711518 True Black 1 Gallon SDS
027426700529 Simply White 1 Quart SDS
027426711525 Simply White 1 Gallon SDS
027426227194 Mocha 1/2 Pint SDS
027426701083 Navy 1 Quart SDS
027426701090 - 1 Quart SDS
027426701106 Vintage Blue 1 Quart SDS
027426701007 Rustic Beige 1 Quart SDS
027426701021 Silvered Gray 1 Quart SDS
027426701052 Aged Barrel 1 Quart SDS
027426701069 Slate 1 Quart SDS
027426700192 Mocha 1 Quart SDS
027426118614 Phantom Gray 1/2 Pint SDS
027426118621 Phantom Gray 1 Quart SDS

HOW LONG SHOULD I LEAVE MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ ON THE WOOD?

Allow the stain to penetrate 5 to 15 minutes. The longer the stain is left on the wood, the deeper it will penetrate. For a light tint, just wipe the excess stain off after a few minutes; for deeper, richer color, wait as long as 15 minutes.

IS IT NECESSARY TO SAND AFTER THE MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ HAS DRIED?

No. In fact, we advise against it. Sanding will result in the removal of some of the dyes and pigments in the stained wood. Since Minwax® Wood Finish™ does not raise the grain, no sanding is necessary before adding the clear protective finish.

DOES MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ NEED TO BE TOPCOATED?

For added beauty and protection, we recommend topcoating all projects with a clear protective finish such as Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish.    

CAN MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ COLORS BE MIXED TO CREATE ADDITIONAL COLORS?

Yes, if a desired stain color can only be achieved by mixing two colors, simply experiment with different proportions until the desired color is achieved. Then mix enough stain to complete the entire project to avoid color-matching later.

WHY DON’T SOME WOODS MATCH THE COLORS ON THE MINWAX® PRODUCT BROCHURES AND SAMPLES?

Wood can vary in color and pore structure even within the same species. Because every piece of wood is unique, final stain color may vary. While our samples are tested for accuracy, it is always best to first test Minwax® Wood Finish™ on a small, inconspicuous area on the project.

MINWAX LAUNCHED AN UPDATE TO THE WOOD FINISH FORMULA WITH QUICKER DRY TIME. CAN I USE THE ORIGINAL WOOD FINISH FORMULA WITH THE NEW, FAST DRYING WOOD FINISH FORMULA?

Yes, both formulas are compatible with each other. Best practice includes mixing the colors together to ensure color uniformity. We suggest adhering to the dry time of the original formula.