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Re: Wood Filler match

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-87.rconnect.com)
Date: 3/23/3 11:40

In Response To: Wood Filler match (Robert Allen / Victoria desk co.)

Wood filler will not take much stain once it has dried, this is by design, or else once the right color of filler was sanded smooth the following stain color would override the grain filler color. Use an oil base stain in small ammounts to pre stain the grain filler even if you want the same color as the wood. I use an oil base wood putty made by Fame O Wood for the nail holes, it dries hard but will stain pretty well. You may need to mix a few shades together to find the right color. I make a range of colors for a specific job and test the trueness by wetting the wood with paint thinner to see if the wet wood matches the wet putty. This will get you so close that the stain should do the rest. Any variation after that can be corrected with a glaze between coats of finish. Hey! maybe a glaze would be better here than a grain filler, it does cling in the grain and color match is a sinch, plus after a few coats the finish will be level any way, at least in most cherry.

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