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docs. In any ease, using a conditioner under an oil stain won't causc any harm, so if you are in doubt, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Both McCloskey and Minwax offer commercially prepared wood conditioners that work quite well, or you can make your own by mixing one part boiled linseed oil to eight parts mineral spirits.

To get the best results, start with wood that is sanded—with the grain— to at least 180 grit. Flood the surface liberally with wood conditioner, then wipe off any excess. While the wood still looks wet, flood the surface with your chosen stain, and wipe off any excess stain. Don't wait until the wood conditioner dries completely or it won't work as well.


On rare occasions, blotching occurs with stains that don't contain oil-soluble dyes, such as pigment stains (oil- or


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