Bob’s new book, “Flexner on Finishing” (Woodworking Magazine Books), will be available in mid-August. Before: walnut panel is sanded to 220 grit and ready for the next step.. After: panel has been paste-filled with a tinted woodgrain filler by Old Masters . Get it as soon as Tue, Nov 24. Finish by wiping lightly with the grain to remove streaks. Most brands of water-based grain filler take stain fairly well. Thin to a brushable consistency. 99. Before filler. These fillers are made thick with a high percentage of solid material (usually silica) added to some oil (which acts as the binder) and a little thinner. Keep in mind that until recently, with the introduction of water-based and high-performance two-part finishes, the furniture industry and most shops have always used either shellac (until the 1920s) or lacquer (since). But to get the surface perfectly mirror-flat, you still have to sand a little. Temperature and humidity will be critical. Unlike the other finishes, the thinner in each fresh coat of lacquer opens up the pores a little even if you’ve sanded the surface perfectly level. – Simple Woodworking Projects. Sand the sealer using non-stearated sandpaper until you reach a little resistance, which tells you that you have reached the varnish or lacquer. The excess must be sanded off. 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The process is not well understood and it’s perceived to be difficult. Wood fillers smoothen wooden surfaces to repair holes or deep scratches. The most efficient method of applying grain filler is to brush or spray it to get an even thickness that hazes uniformly over the surface as the thinner evaporates. Grain Filler: Adds Contrast and Helps Achieve a Glass-Smooth Top Coat. This technique will eliminate the build of sanding sealer that could cause problems. You could also apply a coat of shellac between the filler and lacquer coats. But if the grain filler still gets too hard to wipe off even with burlap, remove all or most of the excess quickly by wiping with mineral spirits or naphtha for oil-based filler or water for water-based filler, then fill again – working faster or in smaller areas at a time. With filler. Filled pores (bottom). Save up to 68% on 7 issues of woodworking projects and tricks. Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work around the shop. So most discussion of filling pores has always been connected with these finishes. It’s nearly impossible to get all water-based grain filler wiped off of wood (such as this crotch mahogany) when no washcoat is applied. 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The first method is fairly effective with alkyd and polyurethane varnish, and with water-based finish, because these finishes build rapidly. It is also wasteful of finish material and sandpaper, and the finish shrinks back into the pores more over time than if grain filler is used. Here are the reasons: ■ You’ll get better contrast between the pores and the wood, which will create more depth. One method of removing the excess grain filler is to wipe with a cotton cloth across the grain so you pull less filler out of the pores. You’re seeing this ad based on the product’s relevance to your search query.