Minwax® Wood Finish® Water-Based Solid Color Stain

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


  • One-coat color dries in 1 hour
  • Solid color shows more color, less 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
    • Apply stain with a synthetic bristle brush, foam brush, staining pad or rag. Allow stain to penetrate no longer than 3 minutes.
    • Remove stain that has not penetrated the wood with a clean cloth. Wipe in the direction of the grain using light to medium pressure to achieve even stain color. Note: For best results, do not allow cloth to become saturated with stain. Replace with a clean cloth as necessary. DO NOT ALLOW STAIN THAT HAS NOT PENETRATED THE WOOD TO DRY ON THE WOOD SURFACE. Note: Any uneven color penetration can be blended. Rewet the surface with more stain and lightly rub the stain into the surface, blending light and dark areas.
    • To darken color, apply a second coat after 2 hours repeating directions for application of first coat. Do not sand between coats.
  • 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.
  • 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
027426108110 White Tint Base 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426117310 Clear Tint Base 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426004016 Royal Pine 1 Quart - -
027426106710 Navy 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426108219 Classic Gray 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426108516 True Black 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426109117 Tinsmith Gray 1 Quart SDS PDS
027426113718 - 1 Quart SDS PDS