Regardless of the age of your house, it is punctured with holes: nail holes in the woodwork, holes for non-existent cords in your hardwood floors, old screw holes around your door hardware. Bondo is not flexible enough and often it ends being pushed out by the wood and causing more damage. For larger areas, however, the new two-part epoxy wood fillers are far superior – they are softer and more flexible, and thus more likely to remain bonded to the timber substrate without working loose. Vacuum the dust from the repair and brush a coat of top-quality alkyd primer over the epoxy and surrounding bare wood.
But don’t wait until the end of the job either because the filler that sticks in the wood grain around the void you’ve filled needs to be completely removed or it will look like a liitle halo around each filled spot, once the finish is applied. Overfill with the epoxy then sand smooth and level and it will last a long long time. If the plywood paneling is rigid and doesn’t flex when you push on it, you may be able to fill in the grooves with drywall joint compound before painting to give a smooth surface. The wood putty also does not expand but it is easily sanded to a flat surface that is flush to the wood once it is dry.
It depends on what the exterior cladding (wood siding, brick, etc) is and how much access you have from the interior. Yes, Stainable Wood Filler dries to a hard, strong consistency that securely holds nails and screws. Also, the finer the sanding grit you use on the wood the less stain it will take so using something like a 220 or higher might keep the surrounding wood from getting too dark.
Wood filler and water putty don’t fill the cracks all that well; they seem to have their own cracking problems and leave a texture that doesn’t match the original wood. This will add time to the repair, but you definitely won’t have to fill twice since you are not filling a deep hole. Fill-It epoxy filler represents a breakthrough in the technology of filling compounds.
I think it’s also helpful to put painter’s tape on the other side of a hardware hole you’re filling to prevent the filler from going all the way through and leaving you a mess or a big bump to sand down. Now 10 years later I have gaps 1/8 to almost 1/2 inch between some of the boards, summer time they do minimize some. Choose a Minwax® penetrating stain, such as, Minwax® Wood Finish , Minwax® Water-Based Stain or Minwax® Gel Stain and apply according to the label directions. Paste Wood Fillers are made up of various materials such as Calcium Carbonate, Barium Hydroxide, Barlite, Silica and, in the case of colored paste fillers, paste colorants are added for colors.
Typically it contains a binder, to hold it together and to help it stay in the wood pores, and a lot of finely ground solids, such as sand, gypsum, wood flour and talc. To fix the problem I took several different colors of floor filler, using them all and a putty knife, I filled the gaps in areas of about nine square feet of flooring at a time. Minwax® offers a variety of easy-to-use products to help clean and repair wood that is chipped, cracked, scratched, even decayed, to its original beauty. The gaps between the boards can be cleaned out with an awl and a vacuum cleaner.
I have found a beautiful solid mahogany bookcase (not an antique) that has drill holes (about 4 total) scattered randomly on each side. Protected with a good paint job, your epoxy repair will probably outlast the surrounding wood. Erika, I believe JB-Weld or Locktite makes an epoxy that is clear and can be used to fill these holes. As well as testing the filler paste application technique, take the time to sand off this scrap piece of wood.
This system is a permanent solution that you can use for repairs as small as filling small holes to completely rebuilding damaged pieces. Unlike slower drying water or solvent based wood fillers that cure by evaporation, Bondo® Wood Filler chemically cross links to cure for a faster, more durable repair. Use the profile of the surrounding wood to guide your tools as you gradually file away the epoxy. The wood magicians can be found by calling the best furniture dealers in your area if you decide to pull the white I surrender” flag up the halyard at your home. Or see Marine Equipment and Supplies” in the Yellow Pages to locate other sources of epoxy for wood repair.
This filler can be thinned by adding more water to it, if your want to skim the entire floor, full trowel filling, to seal the grain during the sanding process more water will be needed, but realize that the more water is added the greater the amount of filler shrinkage you will get. The whitish haze left after this filler completely disappears under the epoxy resin.
It’s important to note, however, that wood filler is intended strictly for superficial issues, such as scratches and gouges. The situation is that you have a floor that has been finished and sitting in a house for a long while that has no humidifier. This process took so long that by the time that I was finished filling the floor, most of the filler had dried. We use a comparable material, called wood putty or wood filler, to fix gouges or voids in wood.
I used the product mixed with sifted sawdust to fill in gaps between floor boards that could not be filled with wood slivers due to the cracks being irregular in width and pattern. Also called grain filler, paste fillers contain some type of binder like varnish and finely ground quartz like silica to add bulk (so it will fill quickly) with talc sometimes added and a pigment to add color. Even after you’ve corrected the problem, make sure you allow the wood plenty of time to dry throughout.
All manufacturers produce their fillers is several popular colors, many provide colored fillers to match most wood species including imported woods. Cracks filled with epoxy can allow you to create an even finish that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Don’t use wood glue and dust to make filler – it always dries more yellow that you think – unsightly! Before filling nail holes in drywall with joint compound, dent the surface around the nail hole slightly using a hammer with a rounded head or a special drywall hammer , so the joint compound will adhere and sand smooth.
For patching siding I would stick with an epoxy like Kwikwood if it’s a small patch or Abatron WoodEpox for larger repairs. Quicksand Flooring’s unique way to fill is to use a wedge of reclaimed pine that fills gaps, prevents dust and takes applications of varnish or water-borne sealer finish (which keep floors their natural colour). This step isn’t necessary when you use a wax stick after applying the final finish because the finish seals the wood.
Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable food item donation for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank. If you’ve come to the conclusion that all that filling and sanding is a lot of work, you may want to skip redoing the paneling in favor of a permanent fix. To make a thinner filling material that’s easier to apply, first mix a small amount of consolidant. The color can come from wood dust, pigments that either match or contrast with the surrounding wood, or decorative additives, like metallic flake or pearlescent powders.
This is not a hard and fast rule, though, since when you stain will change the look of the filled wood. Lacquer based wood floor filler is a mixture of lacquer and very fine wood dust. Anyone who does wood repair should have a tube of this sitting in their shop or garage. Depending on the weather, the epoxy will likely need to dry and harden overnight. I am about to paint an exterior of a very large house with lots of rough sawn wood trim, 50 gallons of paint worth. When you can’t dent the epoxy with your fingernail, it’s hard enough to start filing.