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Forum topic by Dez posted 11-20-2015 07:12 AM 625 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dez

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11-20-2015 07:12 AM

What is the best stainable wood filler YOU have used?
I’ve used several that I have been able to stain but none of them are as good as I would like.
Sometimes I use it to match the wood and sometimes I use it in a contrasting color as in the worm wood in the photo.
I usually use an alcohol based dye but it never quite comes out/fills well/sands as well as I would like.

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RBWoodworker

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 01:11 PM

you might want to try this stuff..it dries clear which is what I like..

http://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Coat-Clear-Grain-Filler/dp/B00LEFWGWA

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bbrown

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#2 posted 11-20-2015 02:32 PM

Can you tint the Aqua Coat filler? If so, what do you use?

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#3 posted 11-20-2015 04:04 PM

I have used that as a grain filler. I’ve never tried tinting/dying it.

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#4 posted 11-21-2015 03:20 PM

I am using Behlen’s water based grain filler and Transfast powder dye. Homestead products makes both Behlen and Aqua coat grain filler. Below is a link, which you may have to copy and paste into your browser, that shows the various dyes, stains and pigments that work with the various Behlen grain fillers.

http://homesteadfinishingproducts.com/products-we-offer/stains-and-colorants/

The viscosity of the grain filler matters. If it is old and somewhat dried out, you may consider mixing the dye in water before adding it to the filler. If the filler is fresh and wet, Which is what I had, I carefully added the dry tint until I got the color I wanted.

It took several attempts to get that color. I used the neutral colored grain filler, which is a light sand color, and the java Transfast dye. When combined the mixture turned black even though they dye is red. When applied, I got a dark and deep red when applied to elm.

I got the same color of mixture when I mixed the Transfast ebony – light grey to black depending on the ration of filler to tint. The end result, however, was different. Ebony was black. Java was dark red, an espresso like color.

Now, I need to remove the excess filler that I allowed to dry overnight. Depending on how that turns out, (if sanding removes the deep red stain), I will decide whether to dye the wood itself.

Hope this is helpful.

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#5 posted 11-21-2015 05:51 PM

Thanks guys, good information.
I use TransTint often for attaining the perfect match on a regular basis, I have not used the TrasFast powder. I’ll have to try it now.

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bbrown

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#6 posted 11-24-2015 12:42 AM

LFB, thanks for the info. Let us now how it looks after you sand the filler. Isn’t filler usually just allowed to haze over, then scraped off?

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