|Forum topic by Purrmaster||posted 03-31-2013 01:08 AM||5412 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-31-2013 01:08 AM
This is both a question and meant to be informative. I’m using white oak for a project and I want to fill the grain. The filler I’ve got on hand and am planning to use is Aqua Coat grain filler. Charles Neil likes it.
Should I use the grain filler before or after putting on stain? I’m actually trying an experiment right now on some scrap to test this. But I wanted to also get the experience of others.
So far I tried staining first and then put in the grain filler. The problem is that when I sand back the grain filler I end up sanding back the stain.
Another wrinkle is that I’m not exactly using a stain. I’m using Watco black walnut danish oil. I realize this is just a stain but an oil/varnish blend. But I’m not using the danish oil as a top coat, I’m using it because it’’s given me the best coloration.
I’m about to try to put the danish oil over already filled pores to see how it goes. I’ve read that, in theory, water base grain fillers will take stain. We shall see.
Has anyone else ever used this combination?