Wood prep paste

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Blog entry by BigD1 posted 05-06-2011 05:20 AM 1170 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in 1968, while I was in high school, we had a Paste or Gel we spread on wood, such as Mahogany, Monkey Pod, or any porous material that we wanted to fill in, that had an open grain. Then we would rub off the access, let it dry, and then put our many coats of finish on our project. Is there any product that anyone could recommend, that would do the same thing. I’m all ears and want to learn. Thanks for your time and efforts. BIGD1

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 06:15 AM

You can get alot of paste fillers to fill grain most have a tint to them so you must use a color that goes with the wood you are using. However to when you do not want a tint or want to keep the wood it’s natural color Rockler sells a paste filler that drys clear, I have been using it and it works very well. You paint it on with a brush wait about 45 minutes then scrap it off, I use a credit card, let it dry over night then sand and finish. That clear filler is called Crystalcoat I believe.

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 10:59 PM


Hardens clear. you can sand it and finish it. Expensive in my opinion.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 11:45 PM

I know what you mean and like you I can’t find it anywhere. It was an oil based product. It had the consistancy of crumbly putty in oil. You put it on by rubbing with and against the grain with burlap cloth and then rubbed it off with clean burlap. You could tint it. I used to use it on guitars I had made that I would finish off with spirit varnishes instead of the commercially used lacquer. when used on mahogany it would fill the grain and make the mahogany have a luster to it. When used with a slight redish brown tint mahogany would be just beautiful.

Now the fillers are this white stuff that they say dries clear but the stuff I’ve tried still fills the pores with a white milky look.

If you find some let me know. I’ve not seen anything I like compared to it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 04:06 AM

The craftsman described it as I remember it. What we used was like oil based stain except it was a cream color. We added umber or burnt umber or some other color until we got the right tint. Of course in those days we never measured anything so it was diffivult to repeat the process if we wanted a second piece to match. Imagine being a kid again. I have seen it from time to time but not lately. It is probably going the way of oil based stains so get ready for water. I would try some locations on line and see if you can find a product like this. I do remember using it on white oak and making the blonde furniture when it was popular. It left the wood with that absolutely smooth feeling. We rubbed it on and rubbed it off. Burlap off. I remember using cotton rags to apply though. Might be a faulty memory though…..

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#5 posted 05-08-2011 06:42 AM

I want to say, “Thank You” for knowing what I was talking about. I haven’t look for anything yet. I just remember how great it was to use. I miss it, now that I have a need for it. I’ll keep looking.

-- Donald Baty

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