Minwax® Wood Finish® Water-Based Semi-Transparent Color Stain

This penetrating, water-based stain opens up a world of possibilities in just one wood-grain-enhancing coat. Ideal for small projects, unfinished furniture, cabinets, doors and trim.


  • One-coat color dries in 1 hour
  • Color that showcases wood grain
  • 5x thicker for easier application

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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.
    • For best results, start with a medium-grit sandpaper and increase the grit as you go, finishing with #220 as final sand. Remove sanding dust.
    • Apply Minwax® Water-Based 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.
    • For best results, apply in the direction of the grain with a synthetic brush.
    • Immediately (within 2 minutes) wipe away excess stain, working with the wood grain to blend lighter/darker areas together.
    • If happy with the color, let dry completely before applying a protective topcoat. To intensify color, recoat after 1-2 hours. 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 crystal-clear Minwax® Polycrylic® or warmly ambering Minwax Fast-Dry Polyurethane. For truest color, use Minwax Polycrylic over light and cool colors, Fast-Dry Polyurethane over warm wood tones.

Data Sheets:

Product Number Base Container Size SDS PDS
027426006485 Royal Pine 1 Quart SDS -
027426106703 Navy 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426108509 True Black 1 Quart SDS -
027426109100 Tinsmith Gray 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426113701 Barn Red 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426117204 Clear Tint Base 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426117105 White Tint Base 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426108202 Classic Gray 1 Quart SDS PDS