Water Based Pre-Stain Conditioner Natural is the same formula as all our water based stains but contains no colorant. About any water based topcoat can be thinned 50/50 with water and used as a pre-stain conditioner. Otherwise it doesn’t really do much to change the visual properties of the wood. It is a rare occurrence with oil-based products simply because oil flows easily and takes a while to dry before getting tacky. SamaN Stains are capable of measuring themselves to the performance of oil based products.
As the Furniture has been pre varnished it will not take a stain into the wood, this is because the varnish creates a seal on the surface of the wood stopping anything from penetrating the wood. Stair treads will obviously have to stand up to traffic, and though we are a no shoes inside the house” family, we do have a dog, and from other reading I understand that a dog’s nails are tough on wood stairs.
Pine will swell significantly, and leveling the surface will remove the conditioner in spots. Glue size is made by mixing good old PVA glue with lots of water and is used for all kinds of sealing applications in solid wood and sheetgoods. Even using my old friend shellac, I always have to experiment to find a balance between the concentration of shellac, the number of coats, the amount of sanding, the color of the stain, and the number of coats of stain. The stains come out darker that using pre-stain conditioner (which I used to use) and I don’t think they work well at all. The darker side being the side that had the stain on just a minute or two longer.
Regardless of the brand, a waterbase stain won’t interfere with a paint’s adhesion to the wood, particularly if you plan to give it a bit of a sanding to rough up the surface a bit. Note: you can sidestep the worries concerned with blotching by using a colouring product that doesn’t stain the wood itself. Use as the first step in any water based stain project on all types of wood to prepare for staining. There are tricks that cabinet companies use to stain” their products and many of the tricks do not involve stain at all. If evenness is what you are looking for, by all means, go for it. Let the conditioner dry.
Guess it’s just what I’m used to. The miniwax oil based stain I used on my last project looked really great. Here you can see how the wood conditioner evens the stain out and eliminates some of the splotches of the pine board. A penetrating oil-based wood stain, available in 24 wood tone colors that can be used to enhance any wood surface. It will not affect the amount of pigment deposited on the surface for a pigment type stain.
Or if you require more depth of colour then two coats of the Coloured oil wood be fine. Colour matching can be so difficult on wood and without seeing the wood and colours that you are referring to it is difficult for me make any suggestions. The resins in Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner will begin to dry and may inhibit stain absorption. One thing about sanding… without a blotch control product on the wood, you can somewhat limit blotching by sanding to higher and higher grits; you’re giving the stain fewer recesses to hide in while burnishing the surface making absorption more limited, but equally limited over the surface (that’s the definition of a blotch control).
Water based Polycrylic- Satin Amazon – Non Yellowing clear coat that can be used over white stains, white paint, and it won’t yellow. Tony – I recently experienced similar results applying a pigment based stain on cherry over this product. If you do have areas that are more sanded back than others there is a chance that you will see a slight difference in the finish so it is best to try and get the wood as even as possible for application. After you finish building your project use Minwax Stainable Wood Filler to fill any screw or pocket holes. Oil finishes, for instance, bring enough amber color to the party that they too can blotch!