Help with stain/ wood putty problem

MealieMarch 16, 2005

I started to stain our new wood doors and trim today and ran into a "problem". The doors are Doug Fir. I sanded, used a tack cloth, filled nail holes with Minwax wood putty, allowed to dry, sanded again, tack cloth again, used Minwax pre-stain conditioner, sanded again, tack cloth again, then stained with Minwax Gel Stain in Cherrywood.

The areas where I used the putty look awful. There are light rings around each nail hole.


Where did I go wrong (I have 5 more doors and lots of trim to go...)?

Should I stain BEFORE I putty? Use a different putty?

Anyone have any ideas on how to blend down the light spots?

Thanks for your ideas...


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Try PL putty. Lowe's carries it.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2005 at 11:02PM
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Stain Putty.

HD and Ace Hardware carry it. It is a powder and is mixed with the stain used on the project to make a filler.

I have used it with the client watching---the hole disappears, they cannot see where the hole was---even when they never took their eyes off the spot.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2005 at 5:27PM
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So are you saying stain first and then putty?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 11:09AM
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Stain the wood and assemble. Just before finishing, mix the Stain Putty using the stain used on the wood. Fill and let dry. Sand lightly---hand sanding is enough---and finish.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 2:37PM
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    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 8:12PM
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Stain before putty. The rings are caused because you didn't clean off the excess putty. Use a rag dampened with paint thinner to clean up each hole as you go. If you put one coat of poly or the conditioner first cleaning up with thinnerit doesn't leave those rings.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2005 at 6:27AM
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