wood filler and staining new trim
I need some expert assistance, please! I have used "Elmer's Wood Filler" (sandable/stainable they say of all their wood fillers!) I have it on all of my NEW wood trim in a new room; it IS NOT taking stain nor is the wood that has been sanded around the area which was filled. I followed directions per container. I have never endured a problem using woodfillers prior. I tried MinWax but it cracked so stopped using it and got the Elmer's. Two local store reps suggested I have a bad batch of filler; that does not help solve my problem IF it is the case. After staining one side of trim around a 6'slider door, it looks like I have a giraffe in my room (trying to keep my humor here;^) However, I have been held up with completion of this room for weeks now b/c I do not know what to do. I have been told if it did not take stain, it will not take paint; True? (I definitely did not want to paint the trim to start with due to paint chipping easily and the fact that the walls are paneling.) ALL SUGGESTIONS/SOLUTIONS most welcome and I am so grateful for your assistance. I am on the edge of my chair praying there is a solution here. Even if I removed all of the filler from the joints/nail holes, there would still be areas around those that were sanded which are not taking the stain, either. 911 Help is needed...LOL *Replacing all trim is NOT a solution since I have hundreds of dollars tied up just in the trim!