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is there a way to thin/moisten dried wood filler?

I have some left over Elmers wood filler and wanted to see if I could use it before opening another container. It seems this would be a simple question to answer but even on this forum I have not seen an answer! Thanks...from a first time diyer!
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I have some left over Elmers wood filler and wanted to see if I could use it before opening another container. It seems this would be a simple question to answer but even on this forum I have not seen an answer! Thanks...from a first time diyer!

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If the filler is waterbased hot water may soften it. If it's solvent based, Elmers may have a thinning solvent, or lacquer thinner/acetone may work. In either case, as in all wood putties, diluting the mix will reduce its effectiveness.






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I have done this, it works

What can I do if my wood filler begins to dries out?
If there is a crust on your wood filler, remove it first and just add a small amount of water to your filler and mix it thoroughly. Repeat this process until you get it to a workable consistency. Be sure not to add too much because that can ruin your wood filler.

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I have used acetone to thin solvent based wood filler. It seemed to work rather well.

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