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wantboost 03-05-2013 12:32 AM

hardwood pre-stain conditioner???
is it necessary or just a gimmick?


joecaption 03-05-2013 11:11 AM

Depends on what your staining. Hardwoods do not need it.

wantboost 03-05-2013 11:49 AM

Its hardwood not sure what type of wood though . Home is from the '70's

harrymontana 03-11-2013 11:14 AM

If you can put your nail into the wood it is not hardwood but softwood.
Staining is not really necessary unless you don't like the natural hardwood design of itself. However, sealing the boards is always a good idea, preventing the elements from entering and altering the wood (decay, cracking, twisting etc etc)

wantboost 03-11-2013 11:10 PM

so if its softwood what will the conditioner help do?

ddawg16 03-12-2013 12:00 AM

Ya know....a picture would well as a description of what your staining....

Personally....I prefer pre-stain helps find the cut/sanding scratch marks I missed. Yes, it works better on soft woods...but also works on hardwoods....

zakany 03-12-2013 07:53 AM


Originally Posted by wantboost (Post 1135197)
so if its softwood what will the conditioner help do?

Reduces stain blotches. Makes for a more even color.

ddawg16 03-12-2013 09:20 AM can get a smoother finish....the conditioner raises the grain a little...knock that down with some 400 and you end up with a really nice surface.

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