Staining new Pella casement windows

They are pine on the inside.
From what I've read the process should go like this -
Lightly sand with 180 grit or finer sand paper.
Pella recommends applying a wood conditioner. Think Minwax makes a product.
Apply stain with either a brush or rag. Apply again if needed to achieve the desired color. Think Minwax also makes a product.
Finally, apply three coats of exterior-grade finish, such as a polyurethane finish
Anybody have any pointers
Thanks
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My pellas were ready to stain no sanding needed. Dirt or fingerprints should be cleaned with alcohol or windex and that area might need sanding, you need a pre stain like Bix or the pine wont stain evenly, its thinned Shellac, Oil finishes darken a bit water base wont darken much, I just used water base poly as the color and finish. Minwax stains I find hard to get a color I like but try it. The color of wet stain is your finished color. Experiment on scrap pine for your color and finish.
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How did you apply the stain and pre stain with a rag or brush?
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