Wood conditioner is a great tool that can help to give a more uniform look when it comes to staining your woodworking project. If you are looking for a more uniform stain application, keep reading to learn what our wood conditioner does and how to use it.
What Does Wood Conditioner Do?
Our wood conditioner is an optional pre-stain treatment for wood. Any given piece of wood has varying levels of porosity throughout it meaning that stain will absorb in some places more than others.
Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not!
Some prefer the more natural look of our All-in-One Stain & Finish without wood conditioner. Others prefer the wood conditioner and the uniform, smoother look it gives. We always suggest sampling the two in a discreet spot or on a piece of scrap wood to know what look you’d like to get and what works best for your project.
How to Use Our Wood Conditioner
- On your clean, sanded wood surface, apply one coat of wood conditioner. Allow up to two hours to dry.
- Use a fine grit sandpaper to knock down any grain raise that may occur as the wood conditioner is a water-based product. In our YouTube video, we use 220 grit.
- Remove any dust from the surface of the wood.
- Apply two coats of Vermont Natural Coatings’ All-in-One Stain & Finish, allowing at least 2 hours in between coats.
- As stain dries, it will lighten in color, apply Vermont Natural Coatings Furniture or Floor Finish on top to enhance the vibrancy of your stain.
Want to see a side by side of with versus without wood conditioner? Check out our YouTube video here to see it in action!
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