Oil Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

Oil Based Pre-Stain Conditioner from General Finishes

Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is specifically designed for use before staining new or bare soft and porous wood surfaces such as with Aspen or Pine.

It penetrates the grain of the wood to promote uniform acceptance of stain, and helps prevent streaking and blotching to help ensure a beautiful, even stain.


Colors: Natural

Sheen: N/A

Recoat/Dry Time: 2 hour without stain, - When staining: Allow Pre-Stain to dry 30 minutes before applying stain, but no longer than 2 hours.

Coats Recommended: 1

Cure Time:  30 days

Cleanup: Mineral spirits

Coverage: 200 sq ft/qt

Recommended Use: Natural primer to control penetration of stains. May be used to dilute other stains, or as a base to add universal tints.

Stain Recommendation: General Finishes Oil Based Wood Stains

Topcoat Recommendation: General Finishes oil base Arm-R-Seal, Gel Satin or water based Enduro-Var, High Performance, or Poly Acrylic

Spray Tip Sizes Recommended: N/A

VOC: < 550 g/l (4.59 lb/gal)


Prior to staining, apply a liberal coat of the Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Allow it to penetrate for 5-15 minutes, then wipe away the excess with a cloth. For highly absorbent woods, you can then apply a second coat, wait, and wipe away the excess again. After you apply the Conditioner, apply the stain within two hours.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pre-sealing the wood will lighten the color of your stain so test the Pre-stain and the color before starting. A second coat of stain may be applied after the first coat has dried to achieve a darker color.

WARNING: TEST FOR COMPATIBILITY WHEN USING THIS PRODUCT WITH PRODUCTS FROM OTHER BRANDS. General Finishes products should be tested to your complete satisfaction before using. General Finishes will not be responsible for any failure if our products are used in conjunction with other brands of finishes. We do not test General Finishes products with those of another manufacturer and will not accept liability if there is a compatibility issue.