It’s a good idea to use Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner with your projects because it prepares wood for staining and prevents blotchiness. Apply Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner directly to project with a natural bristled brush or clean cloth. Allow the Pre-Stain to penetrate for 5-15 minutes, and then remove excess with a clean, dry cloth.
Within 2 hours of Minwax Pre-Stain Application, apply the Minwax Wood Finish Stain. For this project, the color used is Early American.
Stir the Minwax Wood Finish thoroughly before and occasionally during use. It’s a good idea to test stain on a scrap piece or hidden area of the project just to make sure the color is as desired on your wood. Apply stain in direction of wood grain with a natural bristled brush or clean cloth. Allow stain to penetrate for 5-15 minutes to achieve desired color. The longer the stain is allowed to penetrate, the richer and darker the color will be.
Remove Minwax Wood Finish that has not penetrated the wood with a clean cloth, wiping in the direction of wood grain. Blend light and dark areas to create a uniform color. It is important to not allow stain that has not penetrated to dry on the wood surface.
For a deeper color, additional coats can be added after 4-6 hours. Do not sand between stain coats.
Once you are satisfied with the stain color, it’s time to apply a clear finish. After a minimum of 8 hours dry time (this can vary depending on your climate and temperatures), a clear finish is recommended to seal and protect your project. The clear finish will also bring out the color in your project.