I'm sanding down the edges of my stairs as we want a runner carpet
rather than edge-to-edge. Want natural wood at the edges of the
carpets but there are a few gaps to fill.
Any recommendations for flexible wood fillers that can take that that
sort of movement and will also take a stain?
No such animal to my knowledge. There are fillers that take a stain but
unfortunately they look nothing like the same stain on the adjacent wood.
My advice would be to finish a small section of wood first and *then*
find a matching filler. Plastic wood, Brummer stopper or those wax
crayons made by Liberon maybe.
Might use a combination. I need to fill some nail holes etc so a
traditional wood filler will do for that but there are gaps between
the horizontals and the uprights that might need more of a mastic
style flexible, albeit paintable, filler.
You're certainly right about trying an area that won't be on show at
the end of the job.
when I did that recently the "filler" dried and ultimately sanded to a
*lot* darker colour than the wood....bugger!
OP:- Could you just use decorators caulk on the horiz/vertical joins
you mention (step to stringer) assuming stringers to be painted.
Maybe. Difficult to get the right colour though.
And although caulk is flexible I find it does tend to crack after a
I something with the durability and flexibilty of silicone mastic but
Yes the stringers and 'skirting is painted white.
But I'm staining, waxing or varnishing the risers and treads and
that's where I need to make good the old wood and fill the gaps
between the risers and treads.
Well, I may need to varnish and afterwards run a bead of caulk /
mastic along the gap between the risers and treads.
The yanks keep banging on about siliconized acrylic latex caulk but we
don't seem to sell it here. It's flexible, has silicon durability and
Sandings are always much darker, whatever the wood. It seems a logical
solution but it doesn't work in practice. I recently collected sawdust
from some Victorian pine floorboards and it was as near as dammit a
terra cotta colour, completely different from the face of the boards.
IME a light oak shade of filler is usually the closest match for clear
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.