The better the wood preparation, the better the final result. Minwax® Preparation products are the first step to ensure your wood surfaces show their most beautiful colors and smoothest finishes.

    How To: Tips & Techniques

    Do I Need a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner?
    When it comes to using a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, the rule is easy: when in doubt, use it. All woods are unpredictable when you stain them. To avoid a case of blotchiness, first brush on a coat of Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.
    Make Repairs Look Natural

    To duplicate the grain pattern of real wood, let your Stainable Wood Filler harden, sand it smooth, then use the tip of a utility knife to score tiny lines in it before you apply your stain.                                             

    Pre-Treat End Grains
    Apply a second coat of Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to the large, open pores at the ends of the boards to prevent them from turning darker than the remainder of your project. Do the same for any knots in the wood.