In a remodel, we had our contractor install dark stained crown
molding. They stained it first, then they nailed it in, then they
filled in the nail holes and touched them up. However, the touch-up
isn't perfect as it exposes where each of the nails were and when you
look at it from an angle you can see everything.
Our contractor says that this is normal. Shouldn't they restain the
entire molding after filling in the nail holes. I guess I'm asking if
I'm being too picky. I know that with painted crown molding, it is
seamless, but I guess that is also because paint is more easily
On Jul 10, 10:54 am, email@example.com wrote:
Might be a better question for rec.woodworking.
They are supposed to stain it first, then use filler that's colored to
match the stain. nailing it then filling and then staining is going
to get the same results that you already got since the filler usually
takes the stain differently then the wood anyway.
Most probably they used wax sticks to fill the holes. That is normal.
The fact that you notice the filled areas only when you view it
obliquely indicates the same thing as what you are seeing is a slight
depression. Staining again would do no good - wax doesn't stain.
Pretty hard to fill a nail hole with wax so it is flush...the wax
crayon is rubbed over the hole and excess on surrounding area is wiped
off. The wiping off drags some wax from hole leaving a slight
They *could* have used something other than wax and then stained again
but it is very unlikely that the stained filler would match the
In a month you'll never notice it.
"Too picky" depends on just how badly it mismatches -- could be and
could be they just didn't do a very good job.
It's a time-consuming job to do well and most don't want to take the time.
If done well, they can get a near perfect match and minimize the gloss
difference as well.
If what you're seeing are actual "dimples" and not coloring differences,
I think they should go back and refill and do a better job of
establishing the profile, definitely. If it's a color problem as well,
then it depends in part on what they used. If just an "off-the-shelf"
wax pencil, you'll probably have a hard time convincing them to do
"more-better" as that is indicative that they're not the level of
craftsman that may have much more than that in their repertoire...
The good news (if any) in the story is that if you really want to, you
can fix this yourself at your leisure other than the access...
Are you seeing a difference in color or in gloss? Two adjoining
surfaces would be likely to take stain differently, sad to say. What
might be a simple fix would be to get some cheap acryllic paint at craft
store, mix your own color to hide the nail holes....takes a little
messing around, but easier than redoing the whole thing. Or just buy a
darker crayon for patching holes and dab it on.
I think it is normal procedure to stain prior to installing so's you
don't get stain on walls and ceiling.
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