Water Based Wood Stain is a fast and easy way to add beautiful color to
unfinished wood. It comes in 50 traditional wood tones and contemporary
decorative colors. Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain is fast-drying,
low odor, and can be easily cleaned up with soap and water. When used
with Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Conditioner, it provides rich,
beautiful color results.
Water Based Wood Stain is not recommended for large surfaces, such as
the wood in the direction of the grain, first using medium-grade sandpaper
(#120) working your way to fine-grade sandpaper (#220). Do Not Use Steel
Wool. Remove all sanding dust.
•Apply Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and allow
to penetrate 1-5 minutes. This will help ensure even stain color penetration
and reduce grain raising on soft and hard woods. Remove excess with a
•For best results, wait 15-30 minutes before lightly sanding the
surface with a fine-grade sandpaper. This will help smooth any raised
grain. Remove all sanding dust.
contents thoroughly before and during use.
•Test stain on a hidden area to verify desired color.
•When working with more than one can, we recommend mixing together
the contents of the cans to ensure color consistency.
• Apply stain with a synthetic bristle brush, foam brush, staining
pad or rag. Allow stain to penetrate no longer than 3 minutes.
•While stain is still wet, remove excess with clean cloth lightly
dampened with stain. Wipe in the direction of the grain using light to
medium pressure to achieve even stain color.
•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 increase color intensity, apply a second coat after 2 hours-
repeating directions for application of first coat. Heavier application,
lower temperature, and or higher humidity will extend drying time. Do
not apply below 55°F.
stain to dry a minimum of 3 hours before applying a clear protective finish.
For a durable, crystal clear, ultra-fast drying finish we recommend Minwax®
Polycrylic® Protective Finish. Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane
or Minwax® Wipe-On Poly can also be used over Water Based Wood Stain.
Note: Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain is not recommended for use on
Approximately 100 sq. ft. per quart.
Soap and warm water.