When you are filling open-pore wood or repairing minor scratches in the surfacc of the wood, you will do the filling cither before or after the application of the stain. The choice is dependent upon the makeup of the two materials. Some fillers and stains will combine badly unless applied in a certain sequence.
Application directions will appear on the packages. The directions will be specific about the sequence of application. As a guideline, however, remember the following: most fillers will be dissolved by the solvent in alcohol stain. If you are using an alcohol stain, use the stain first and then apply the filler. If you are using a water-base stain, fill the wood before you stain.
Filler that is left on the surface of the wood (not actually filling pores or scratches), may inhibit the absorption of the stain by the wood. The surfacc should be carefully wiped clcan before staining.
Filler that is applied after the wood has been stained must be "dyed to match" the finish of the wood. Filler is sold in cither a white or cream color and will accept color. There is a stain (dye) sold that is specifically formulated to color the filler.
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