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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.
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.
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