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mikeguil
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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Wood Finish vs Stain

First of all, I'm new to all this so please bear with me.

I've built a knotty pine crate and purchased some Minwax Wood Finish (#233). Now I've been reading about applying conditioner first to wood such as pine before applying the stain. That's fine...

My question, however, is what's the difference between 'Wood Finish' and the oil or water based 'Stain'?

And secondly, do I need the conditioner with this 'Wood Finish'? Should I return it and just go to a Gel Stain?
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HowardAcheson
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Wood Finish vs Stain

"Wood Finish" is Minwax's brand name for their oil based pigment/dye stain.
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mikeguil
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Wood Finish vs Stain

So... I would be wise to use the conditioner before applying, right?
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HowardAcheson
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Wood Finish vs Stain

Try it both ways on some scrap from your project. Sand both equally, apply the conditioner on one section or piece per the directions on the can. Then apply the stain per the directions followed spraying on a coat of clear finish. See which one you like.

Using the conditioner frequently leads to a lighter color so you may have to use a darker stain if you use the conditioner.
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mikeguil
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Wood Finish vs Stain

Thanks Howie.. I'll try it this weekend.
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