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Forum topic by clif2001 posted 02-15-2010 05:59 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2010 05:59 PM

I learned a huge lesson about staining wood filler this weekend. I built some corbels and had a big misunderstanding when using the filler. I did not realize that the filler would not take a stain after drying and being sanded. As a result I have very splotchy looking stain on the corbels. Does anyone have any suggestions for fixing this problem? I have a feeling that I am going to have to do some detail work with the dremel to remove the wood filler and hope that I can get a more even coat of stain. Just thought I might find some suggestions on this forum. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 06:02 PM

I found out that filler wouldn’t stain years ago.
Good thing the thing I was staining only had the filler on the backside, so it wasn’t a big deal.
My guess is that you need to use a dremel to get that out and put in the appropriate color filler, or if you haven’t put a clearcoat on it yet, you can buy stain pencils (like crayons) and try and color the filler instead. Those work okay.

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 08:46 PM

Have you considered Gel Stains? they more sit on top of what your staining than soak in, which is the problem with fillers… they don’t allow anything to soak in.

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 09:10 PM

I am using a lacquer based stain because it is identical to the one used on our kitchen cabinets. I am considering applying a sanding sealer and then staining over that to see if it evens out. I’m just afraid that the color will not match if i do that. I’ve also considered painting a solid color, but I don’t think that will be very appealing when installed.

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 09:31 PM

You could add dye as a toner and spray it to “blend” the areas that aren’t right.

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 11:20 PM

I’ve had moderate success with arts and crafts marking pens. They’re sorta like “Magic Markers”, but use an indelible ink. Use one in a color that matches the stained wood, and another (finer tipped) pen that matches the stained grain. With a bit of practice, you can make those boo-boos virtually disappear.

You can usually find a wide selection in a craft supply store.

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