Am refinishing old pine stear treads that were covered by carpet.
The carpet and felt underlayment were stapled, and I have removed the
I want to sand, stain and poly the pine treads, but am looking for
advice on how to fill the many staple holes prior to staining. Is
there a wood filler tpe that takes stain well, so that the holes will
not be unsightly when I'm finished staining?
Thanks for your help!
You can take this one step further - which is how I fill gaps and holes
in all my woodworking, both flat and turned.
Use a sander with a dust collection container. As you sand and empty the
container, save the dust in a lidded container. When you're ready to
apply finish, you can do two things to address the holes, cracks or
A) dip a finger in the finish, then into the dust and wipe across/press
the paste into the hole.
2) Mix up a batch of your customized filler by mixing small quantities
of finish and dust to a peanut butter consistency. Use your finger or a
putty knife to fill the holes with the paste.
When you've got everything filled, allow it to dry completely and resand
with 320 or 400 grit to smooth. Repeat if necessary. Then apply the
finish to the entire section of wood. The finish acts as the glue for
the dust so there's no issue with incompatibility or uneven color
changes over time.
Forget the holes, the pine itself isn't going to stain well. Use a
washcoat like mineral oil first, stain (or use a gel stain) then fill
the holes with a wax pencil that matches the color in the area where
the hole is- get a few colors, as pine tends to get pretty blotchy
with anything but a "golden oak" or "natural" stain. You can poly it
after that's done. There really aren't any fillers that take stain
well, despite the claims on some of the packages.
Your other option, if you have a sprayer, is to use a sealer first,
then give it a dusting of analine dye before the topcoat.
In either case, the wax pencil is the way to go filling-wise. Of
course with staple holes, I'd just let them go.
Mineral oil does not sound right at all. Where in Flexner's book does
it state using mineral oil as a wash coat for anything? I did not find
references to using mineral oil with respect to a wash coat but I did find
mineral spirits. Mineral oil will NOT evaporate. It is far too
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