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post #1 of 2 Old 01-30-2016, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Wood filler for staining

Can you recommend the best wood filler to smooth out small gouges, and then take stain well? The current project is repairing a door that a dog scratched up. The door is stained and poly'ed. I'd like a wood filler that can be on the smooth and creamy side, since the gouges are rather shallow/fine. I'll try to match the stain as best I can, but I'd like the filler to take the stain about the same as the wood. This isn't super high end work, but I'd like it to look reasonable for the price, as opposed to replacing the door.

I'd also consider using Polyshades for this - maybe that would blend in the wood filler better?

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There really isn't a wood filler that stains well however you can get a wood filler such as Famowood that comes in various colors to get you part of the way there. For what you are doing though a burn-in would probably be a better fix. For this you use a burn-in knife which is like a putty knife that gets as hot as a soldering iron and you melt and spread these colored shellac sticks into the void and squeegee it out and let it cool. Then just buff it with 0000 steel wool and you're done. It's not as difficult as it sounds but might take purchasing several different colors to get the right one or might have to mix some of two different sticks to match. http://www.mohawk-finishing.com/cata...asp?ictNbr=109
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