I'm currently trying to stain a pine door with Minwax American
Heritage 230. the stain is some what viscous, and is very hard to apply. It also seems as if there is more oil in the mixture than stain, and has a prominent sheen once applied is this normal? Any help or suggestion would be grateful.
IME, the Minwax stain has a tendency to settle around the bottom and sides of the can. Stir it thoroughly. It's hard to do with a full can; try pouring some of it off into a larger (clean) bucket, stir the remainder, and then recombine the two. As stated by the previous post, a little sheen is normal, even after you've wiped it off. It will lessen when dry.