Home Improvement Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. For a while early in the process, until you start getting down to the wood underneath the mess, you may feel that you have completely ruined the piece. To fill holes and cracks – You need a thick filler to fill cracks and holes in 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. Let the wood filler harden, sand everything well, add the Wood Filler stain, and proceed as described above.
In this case, my suggestion to you would be to use paint remover to lift out the wood filler, then restain. I received Abatron Liquid Wood: Epoxy Wood Consolident part A & B. It didn’t fill-out the holes at all, just put a thin sticky layer on them that stay sticky for a week. Minwax® High Performance Wood Filler is a heavy-duty filler that repairs damaged or rotted wood. Now, you are ready to mix the epoxy, fill the wood cavity and shape the wood area. After this product failed, I tried Elmer’s Probond Wood Filler, which I found to be better in every respect.
When the filler and hardener are mixed, a reaction occurs which allows the filler to chemically bond to the surface you are repairing. It gave me a scary level of satisfaction to know I had both freed the wood filler from its tomb and killed the delivery vessel I now despise. Wipe the area with a soft cloth saturated with mineral spirits to highlight filler you might have missed, and repeat sanding if necessary. After 30 minutes it’ll be hard and you’ll be able to sand, plane, file, nail or screw it. Then you can paint, varnish or stain over it. When you stain or varnish over the filled hole it may look a slightly different colour.
If you use it before applying the final finish, you need to seal the wood with shellac first. However, you do not have to wait one week before you can begin using the epoxy filler. What I’m trying to do here is cover a couple of the sides on this void so that the filler when I put it in just ooze out. Designed to only be used on raw, unstained wood that will then be finished with Minwax® Clear Brushing Lacquer.
Paste wood fillers come in different colors and can be used to either match the wood’s natural colors, or as a contrasting color, depending on the finish that you are trying to achieve. Don’t bother to use the preservative on any painted or epoxy consolidated wood. I used plastic putty knife and screw driver to work it into the pockets of the rotted wood. Either of these two grits is often used for a first sanding of most wood projects.
For your comparison, Abatron comes with a plastic putty knife, has no noticeable odor, and isn’t sticky at all. Fill the larger gaps with a scraper as best as possible, don’t worry about excess filler on the wood blocks, the third sanding round will remove it. If you want you can also ‘plaster’ the whole floor with a thin layer of filler, using a flat trowel, to fill almost every tiny gap.
Awesome, I do a lot of painting/drawing on wood that other people have thrown away (old kitchen tables, old fence boards, broken doors etc.) so this will definitely come in handy. Scrape away any remaining putty that is above or just below the surface of the wood with a scraper. You can either remove most of the varnish/stain with a chemical refinisher, or you can just clean the surface well.
If removing the dent is not an option, you may need to replace the dented piece of flooring with a new board, then sand and refinish to match the floor. If you notice many height differences between the blocks, especially where old meets new – the reclaimed blocks – start with grit 40. It’s advised to sand with the grain, but herringbones and various other patterns could make this a bit problematic.
In any case, first take the doors off the cabinets and remove handles and other hardware. But if you are in need of a serious rotted wood repair then you need a serious product and a structural epoxy is the just what the old house doctor ordered. After about 3-4 hours of work, we were able to partially salvage the door by using furniture scratch stick paint pens and ‘painting’ a faux wood grain over where the wood filler had been used. Don’t smear the wood filler around the hole, as that will require additional sanding to remove the excess.
After scraping old paint off our exterior door, I noticed something that wasn’t good. When I pick up the tube based filler I apparently take a first significant misstep that will almost surely bring me long term frustration. If the wood is soft and easily penetrated, it is rotten and should be reinforced with epoxy. Glitza Wood Flour Cement mixed with 80 grit wood dust that matches the wood of your floor.
If you use the marker to draw and fill in the stain directly, you can saturate the scratch with stain, and end up making the scratch darker than the surrounding wood. It comes in ten colours to match Minwax Wood Finish stains and it does not harden. Oh sure, I could have bought a new shutter, but you know there’s something that gives me satisfaction about restoring something old. Apply a thin layer of the same sealer used on the rest of the hardwood floor to the patched area.
If you’re sure that there is no missing or splintered wood in the dent, you can start steaming the wood to swell it back into place or you can place a dampened towel over the dent to raise the wood or combine placing a damp towel on the dent and alternate with a hot iron. Since wood pores are irregular, use Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner before you stain to reduce the likelihood of blotchiness. Consider taking a photo of your floor and bringing it with you to the store so an employee can help you find the best color.
Something needing a small patch or the need to cover a blemish in wood is a reason to consider wood filler. When you are filling finishing nail holes and minor scratches on finished cabinetry often a simple crayon shaped stick of filler is all that is needed. To remove the loose veneer, you’ll need a razor blade or thin flat putty knife. But, like I said, it took hours and hours, and the door still will never be anywhere near to its original pristine shape before we applied this Minwax wood filler disaster.
You can always add more stain or a darker color stain, but it is difficult to remove a dark stain color once it’s in the wood grain. Uncovering a beautiful hardwood floors with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva. If your interest is in restoring antique or valuable old furniture, look first at products designed to clean and restore antique furniture without refinishing. Want to fix rotted wood at bottom of frame doors that open to a wooden backyard deck.
Apply the color matched putty to the repair using a stiff plastic or stainless steel putty knife working with the grain and applying even firm pressure to the repair area. I’m sure there’s a neater way to do this (you can build a form out of plastic), and I’m sure some people are better skilled with their putty knifes (you can wet your putty knife with lacquer thinner to keep the wood filler from sticking to it). Most wood fillers on the market all claim that their products can be sanded (true), drilled (sometimes true), and is strong enough that it will hold nails and screws (usually not true). You need to decide whether repair or complete refinishing is in order for your floor.
Look at as many boats as you can for color, and you will find that that is the number of OFFICAL COLORS that there is. In any event all the top stain producers make good stuff, find the one YOU like and have at it. We took the finish down to the bare wood, and then filled in some of the small cracks and voids with the Minwax Stainable Wood Filler. When using Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, allow it to penetrate for 1-5 minutes, then remove any excess. This forms a wood filler, that is partially made from real wood that can be stained, varnished or oiled.
Now that you have the separation, the question becomes what do you do?” The knee jerk reaction is to fill the void with wood filler of some type. But you can remove them, and there’s some top guidance on the UK eHow site about how to do it. These suggestions are only for the instance of painted wood trim not if you are going to stain your woodwork. If you use chemical strippers, once your furniture is free of the old finish, you’ll still need to sand. Use your finger to work the wood filler into the scratch or gouge, spreading the filler in all directions to remove air bubbles. You have several filling options for the reconstruction stage Minwax sells a good, two-step wood filler.
Because older wood framed homes are not rigid, wood fillers can work loose over time. It is an epoxy consolidant that is used to strengthen rotted or soft wood and prepare it for the filler which is the WoodEpox. The Interlux filler stain is fairly dark (Not quite walnut however) And it has the red in it. Look at pictures of post war Chris Crafts (Sportsman, Continental Etc) from the ’50’s and ’60’s ) that’s the color you will get when put over mahogany.
Then use sanding paper grit 120 for the third sanding round, this will remove the excess wood filler and give your wood floor the smoothest surface, ready to have a new finish applied to it. Follow the same pattern with the belt-sander as before and end with the edge-sander. Whichever application method you chose, you should apply the filler with a circular motion in order to ensure that the filler is successfully packed into the grain.