About Wood Filler

​Wood filler is a substance that can be used for a multitude of different purposes to repair your wood products.

Wood filler can be divided into 2 main categories, water based, which can be thinned simply by adding more water, or tinted with organic pigments, and solvent based, which has a thicker consistency and is usually used for jobs that require a thicker layer, such as patching holes or cracks.


While it may come down to personal preference as to which compound you want your wood filler to be made with, the consistency is something that needs to fit the job. Also, a good wood filler should stay well fixed to the support you put it on, without peeling off and move.


When the filler dries then, water evaporates and some fillers tend to shrink and crack, making it necessary to remake the filling job with a second hand of product.


A good quality wood filler will not make it, or reduce it to minimal.

Filling Holes

You can use a thicker wood filler to fill up cracks and holes in your wood products. The interior surface of the crack or hole needs to be prepared before you can push the wood filler in.


Use sandpaper to smooth out the inside as much as you can, and make sure to remove all the saw dust using a vacuum. Once the inside is smoothed, simply use a putty knife to press the wood filler in and smooth the top out, and once it has dried, sand the top until it is even with the wood surface.

This can be handy for a number of different wood products that are susceptible to cracking, such as wood flooring, furniture, and many other things. You can also paint or stain over the putty once it has been sanded smooth, but make sure it is completely dry before applying anything. 


For surfaces of furniture, rather than load bearing elements, such as the legs of chairs, you will want to use a combination of thick and thin wood filler, depending on the size of the spots you need to fix. For load bearing elements, you need to use a stronger substance than traditional wood filler, such as a wood hardener

Smoothing Wood Grains

Most people need to do this at the initial point of a project, before they stain or paint a wood surface for the first time. Larger pored woods, such as oak, soak up stain like a sponge, and a thin coat of wood filler gives a smooth, almost glass-like surface to paint or apply your stain on.


You want to use a larger putty knife or a trowel to apply the layer of wood filler, because you have a larger surface area to work on, and the larger tool lets you apply a thinner layer.

Once it has dried, you can sand the surface down to smooth it out before you apply the layer of paint or stain. Again, make sure the wood filler has completely dried before sanding or applying paint or stain. 

Repairing Wood Paneling

Wood paneling adds a rustic accent to any home. Installing wood paneling is easy, although its flimsy texture leads to some unavoidable wear and tear, including the occasional break. A simple crack in wood paneling is somewhat easy to repair. Follow these steps to repair and fill cracks in wood paneling.

  • Determine the Color of the Wood Putty

    When a wood panel is damaged, the repair is completed by simply using wood putty. The putty and the color of the existing wood panel should match. The color of wood panels diminish they age, so choose your putty carefully.


  • Wood Putty Purchasing Guide

    Before selecting the wood putty, it is best to take a piece or scrap from the damaged wood paneling with you to the home improvement store or local hardware store. This piece of the wood paneling should be compared to the various wood putty colors at the store. Every lid of the wood putty container has a display of how the dried putty would appear. Pick out the color that best matches the color of the wood paneling to be repaired.


  • Repairing Minor Damages

    If the damage is just a hairline scratch, then the repair can be completed by simply applying or wiping wood floor wax, furniture polish, shoe polish, or petroleum jelly on the damaged area. More dramatic damage or scratches on the wood paneling may need a stronger agent, such as a stick putty or wax to hide the scratch. It will act as a concealer to the damage on the wood paneling.


  • Repairing Major Damages

    For damage on wood paneling that is deeper, such as a hole or scratches, the solution is to use wax or stick putty. The wax is applied to the holes using a putty knife. In the case of scratches, apply it like a crayon and simply color it. For cracks, fill it with putty and rub it smooth with a putty knife so it matches well with the wood paneling. For best results, let the putty dry fully. Wipe away any remaining wax with a soft damp cloth.


  • Finishing Touches

    To make a smooth finish to the repair on the wood paneling, sand the repaired area with fine grade sandpaper. Use a sanding block to lightly sand the damaged area. Smooth the finish until it blends in with the rest of the wood paneling. After sanding, use a wood stain on the wood paneling to cover any blemishes.


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