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Wood Finish Water-Based Semi-Transparent Color Stain


Minwax Wood Finish Semi-Transparent Color Stain is a penetrating, water-based stain that opens up a world of possibilities with 200+ tintable color options in just one wood-grain-enhancing coat.

  • One coat color
  • Dries in 1 hour
  • 5x thicker for easier application*
  • Color that showcases wood grain.

*when compared to traditional oil-based stains

Product Details

Sheens: Semi-Transparant Water-Base
Application Tool: Clean rag or synthetic brush
Location: Interior use
Recoat: One Coat color. To intensify color, a second coat may be added.
Dry Time: 1 hour
Topcoat: Minwax Polycrylic
Cleanup: Soap & Water
Coverage: 100 sq feet
Coats: One Coat color. To intensify color, a second coat may be added.
Recommended Uses: Ideal for small projects, unfinished furniture, cabinets, doors and trim. Not for use on floors.
Availability: Available in all 50 states
Colors: Tintable to 200+ colors


Instructions for using Minwax Wood Finish Water-Based Semi-Transparent Color Stain.

1. Prep

  • Start with bare or 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.

2. Stain

  • Pre-test color on a hidden spot to make sure you like it.
  • Stir stain well before and occasionally during staining. Don’t shake or thin stain.
  • For best results, apply in the direction of the grain.
  • Wipe away excess stain immediately (within 2 minutes) after application, working with the wood grain to blend lighter/darker areas.
  • If happy with color, let dry completely, then apply a protective topcoat. To intensify color, recoat in 1-2 hours and 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.

3. 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.


Packaged Colors

Pure White
Pure White 1081
Tinsmith Gray
Tinsmith Gray 1091
Classic Gray
Classic Gray 271
Barn Red
Barn Red 287
Royal Pine
Royal Pine 1040
Navy 286
True Black
True Black 274
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Tintable Colors, Reds

Blossom Pink
Blossom Pink 1158
Brick Red
Brick Red 1163
Terracotta 1130
Sedona Red
Sedona Red 1152
Copper Brown
Copper Brown 1153
Barn Red
Barn Red 1137
Sangria 1150
Crimson 1147
Aged Burgundy
Aged Burgundy 1164
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Sienna 1156
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Tintable Colors, Yellows

Desert Sand
Desert Sand 1100
Golden Pecan
Golden Pecan 1022
Lemon 1007
Natural 1021
Weathered Oak
Weathered Oak 1042
Gunstock 1151
Sienna 1133
Bisque 1132
Russet 1135
Harvest Gold
Harvest Gold 1011
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Tintable Colors, Greens

Chartreuse 1019
Antique Jade
Antique Jade 1020
Austin Field
Austin Field 1029
Vintage Blue
Vintage Blue 1057
Modest Mint
Modest Mint 1028
Gentle Olive
Gentle Olive 1017
Green Tea
Green Tea 1027
Hunter Green
Hunter Green 1039
Viridian Green
Viridian Green 1037
Royal Pine
Royal Pine 1040
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Tintable Colors, Blues

Colton Blue
Colton Blue 1058
Bay Blue
Bay Blue 1049
Navy 1067
Island Water
Island Water 1069
Slate Blue
Slate Blue 1080
Oasis Blue
Oasis Blue 1047
Skafi Blue
Skafi Blue 1050
Marine Blue
Marine Blue 1060
Denim Blue
Denim Blue 1070
Indigo 1079
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Tintable Colors, Browns

Red Mahogany
Red Mahogany 1144
English Chestnut
English Chestnut 1045
Early American
Early American 1113
Driftwood 1044
Chestnut 1124
Sumatra 1116
Pecan 1006
Raw Umber
Raw Umber 1016
Raw Cocoa
Raw Cocoa 1064
Dark Walnut
Dark Walnut 1126
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Tintable Colors, Grays

Classic Gray
Classic Gray 1082
Silvered Gray
Silvered Gray 1092
Silver Ash
Silver Ash 1073
Oyster Gray
Oyster Gray 1075
Slate 1088
Ebony 1084
Smoked Umber
Smoked Umber 1063
Rowe House
Rowe House 1105
Charcoal Gray
Charcoal Gray 1077
True Black
True Black 1085
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Tintable Colors, Pastels

Simply White
Simply White 1101
Warm White
Warm White 1121
Honeydew 1010
White Frost
White Frost 1071
Pickled Oak
Pickled Oak 1041
Cottage Oak
Cottage Oak 1111
White Elm
White Elm 1061
Platinum 1072
Tinsmith Gray
Tinsmith Gray 1091
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Frequently Asked Questions

How is this different from the Minwax® Waterbased Wood Stain?

Minwax Wood Finish Color Stain is 5x thicker for easier application control and less mess. It is available in three grab-&-go colors, and is tintable to 200+ colors, vs. the 40+ in Waterbased Wood Stain.

I really like the Bombay Mahogany color in Minwax® Gel Stain, but I don't see it anywhere else, and I don't want to use Gel Stain. Can I have it tinted in Wood Finish Color Stain?

Yes! You can tint any Minwax color in Wood Finish Color Stain!

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