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If you followed the directions on the conditioner and stain there is no telling what the white powder could be. It should not have happened. I would dust it off and wipe the stand down with mineral spirits and see what it looks like. If there is no white there with mineral spirits on it then there will be none with a polyurethane on it.

What kind of wood is it? There are many kinds of wood the wood conditioner wasn't necessary.
 

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Followed the directions to a T on both the conditioner and the stain. The wood is pine. I did have some issues with my inexperience in staining on my first project that caused some blotching, so I figured I'd go with Minwax's suggestion involving the conditioner.

Now that I think about it, the edges of the plywood were not rubbed with the conditioner... there was no point in it as they were all going to be hidden by moulding and trim, and I only used it on the outer surfaces.

Would applying the mineral spirits to the wood affect the stain that's already on there at all?
You did right by using the conditioner on pine. Pine is a wood prone to blotching. It's possible that wiping the stained wood with the mineral spirits may take a slight amount of the color off but I doubt if you could see the difference. After the stain has dried the color is pretty well set. It might take a little residue off the surface if any was left. For the most part the mineral spirits will show you what the color will look like without the commitment of having a finish on it. If there is a problem it's better to fix it before you put the finish on.
 
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