Wood Fillers

We are applying this name to the latex fillers. Read the labels to find products with a latex formulation. These are smooth mixtures of the consistency of cream cheese. They spread easily, feather nicely and are shrink resistant, which means they shrink less than the wood dough products.

Disguising the Patch None of the fillers exhibit a wood grain, and when used to repair furniture with a prominent grain, they will be visible. After sanding, you can disguise the repair by drawing a simulated grain across the patch with a crayon or with artist's colors and a very fine brush. Join the grain lines on either side of the patch, so that they appear continuous. Then give the patch a coat of stain, if needed, and a coat of final finish.

Most fillers come in a variety of wood and furniture colors, so you may be able to buy the exact shade you need. They also can be stained if the exact color isn't avail able. However, you should always test a patch of the filler with stain before applying it to your project. All fillers take stain differently from wood, and you probably will have to use a slightly different color of stain on the filler than on wood to achieve a match with the surrounding area.

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