Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner prepares bare wood for staining. It penetrates the grain of the wood to promote uniform acceptance of oil-based stains and treating the surface with Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner helps prevent streaks and blotches by evening out the absorption of oil-based stains.  It can be applied over any wood but is especially necessary when working with soft or porous woods like pine, alder, birch, and maple.

Pre-Stain Wood Conditoner

Use as the first step in any stain project on all types of wood to prepare for staining.  Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner prevents blotching and streaking to ensure beautiful, even stain color.

Product Details

Application Tool: cloth or brush
Recoat: after 15 minutes, but no more than 2 hours
Dry Time: 15 minutes
Cleanup: mineral spirits or paint thinner, following manufacturer’s safety instructions
Coverage: 125 sq. ft. per quart
Coats: normally 1, but additional coats may be applied on highly absorbent woods
Recommended Uses: on soft or hard woods before using oil- based wood stains


(For Interior Use Only)

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.

Surface Preparation:

  1. Before staining, apply Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner on clean, raw wood, using a brush or cloth.
  2. Allow to penetrate for 5 to 15 minutes, then remove any excess with clean, dry cloth.
  3. Apply stain within two hours of application of Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. For best results, stain with Minwax® Wood Finish™, Minwax® Gel Stain, or Minwax® PolyShades®.

COVERAGE: 125 square feet per quart.

CLEANUP: Mineral spirits or paint thinner, following manufacturer’s safety instructions.

Note: Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is not recommended for use with water-based stains. For water-based stains, pretreat wood with Minwax Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.

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.


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.


CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236. Contact a physician for more health information.