BEHR® Water-Based Pre Stain Wood Conditioner

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BEHR® Water-Based Pre Stain Wood Conditioner prepares wood surfaces for water-based staining. Along with sanding, this product is a critical step in ensuring even and consistent penetration of the water-based stain. This product is ideal for all wood types and brings you one step closer to beautiful results.

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Properly prepared interior bare or stripped wood surfaces prior to applying BEHR® Water-Based Wood Stain.


9.3 m2 (100 Sq. Ft.) / 947 ml

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    Before Use

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    1 Coat 

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    Spread Rate: 
    9.3 m2 (100 Sq. Ft.) / 947ml

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Properly prepared interior bare or stripped wood surfaces prior to applying BEHR® Water-Based Wood Stain.


  • Before applying BEHR Premium Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to bare or stripped wood surfaces, sand wood surfaces (with #180-220 grit sandpaper) in the direction of the grain to the desired smoothness.
  • Remove all dust from the surface with a tack cloth.
  • Note: BEHR Premium Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is not recommended for use with oil-based stains.

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The following steps are recommended for the best results.

  • Stir thoroughly before using. Do not shake or thin.
  • Use a nylon or nylon/polyester brush or a saturated clean cloth and apply liberally to all areas of the wood surface including edges.
  • Allow to penetrate between 5-10 minutes, and then wipe off any noticeable excess with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Apply BEHR Premium Water-Based Wood Stain or BEHR Premium Water-Based Stain & Poly In One. Follow all label instructions.
  • Allow Pre-Stain to dry for up to 20 minutes before applying Wood Stain.
  • Sand lightly prior to staining to remove grain raise.

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Dry Time

  • Dries in 20 minutes.

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  • For disposal of empty containers and unused product, contact your household refuse collection service.

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To consult with a Behr Certified Coatings Professional, call 1-800-661-1591.

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BEHR® Water-Based Pre Stain Wood Conditioner
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For one year from the date of purchase, Behr Process Corporation warrants to the original consumer purchaser, (1) that the product meets Behr Process Corporation’s manufacturing specifications, and (2) the performance of this product when applied according to the label instructions and specifications. If this product is found not to perform as specified on the label within one year from the date of purchase, Behr Process Corporation will, at its option and upon presentation of proof-of-purchase (the original receipt), either furnish an equivalent amount of new product or refund the original purchase price of this product to you. The clause of limitation of liability which follows is inapplicable in Québec. THIS WARRANTY EXCLUDES (1) LABOUR AND COSTS OF LABOUR FOR THE APPLICATION OR REMOVAL OF ANY PRODUCT, AND (2) ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO THE DURATION OF THIS EXPRESS WARRANTY. The above provisions are not intended to operate where prohibited by law. This limited warranty is the only warranty provided by Behr Process Corporation unless extended by a provincial consumer statute. To obtain warranty service, call 1-800-854-0133 ext. 2, or contact Behr Process Corporation at 2750 Centre Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2A2L3. Behr Process Corporation reserves the right to inspect any and all application of the product prior to processing your claim made under this warranty.