They just finished installing the wood trim on our addition and we're going
to stain it ourselves. When do I fill the nail holes, before or after
staining? Any tips from the experts would be appreciated we're novices.
This is only my opinion. If you are staining any medium to dark color,
the stain will probably take much darker on the filler than on the wood
itself. So, what I do is stain, varnish and then fill with one of the
colored fillers .... I like the ones in the small squeeze tubes. BTU,
if you fill before varnish, the area around the hole will be "stained"
by the filler compound although if you use oil stain (my preference) the
water soluble filler could be washed off the surface before varnishing.
<< When do I fill the nail holes, before or after staining? >>
Depends on the type of wood, trim nails, power nailer or hand nailed,
Most people would fill the holes, allow a decent cure time, then stain. If the
holes have a bit of wood fuzz around the edges, the stain can accentuate it and
look amateurish. A bit of experimentation on some scrap material would be best
to get the results you want. HTH
After staining a scrap of trim go to the paint store to get one or
several shades of Color Putty to match your colors. Install after
installation of stained trim, but prior to
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