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#1 posted 11-26-2012 10:33 AM

Wood conditioner exists to help alleviate the problem of blotchy, uneven staining. Woods like pine and maple take stain unevenly. Parts of the wood will take more stain (pigment) and therefore be darker than other parts. The wood conditioner tries to fill the pores a little so that the end result of staining will be more even.

The downside of wood conditioner is that you can’t get the wood as dark, typically, as you could without the conditioner. But in my experience the reduction in blotchiness is a fair trade. Conditioner is not a magical cure all. But it helps.

I used to think pre stain wood conditioner was a gimmick. Now I use it routinely. Not all woos will need it though. And the lighter in color your stain is the less likely you will need it.

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