wood filler

hogan_njMay 21, 2012

I want to fill some recessed screw holes in cedar. I already stained it with a cedar stain. I went to home depot and bought an exterior wood filler,it was natural color. I thought I would just apply stain. Didn't work,it sticks out like a sore thumb.

They had other colors,everything except cedar. The others were either too dark or too light.

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Even patching compounds that "accept stain" never come out the same color as actual wood.

Cross grain plugs made from actual wood are about the least visible method.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 4:52PM
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I agree....I am using #9- 3" exterior deck screws. What size counterbore bit would i need and what size plugs? Thanks

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 9:12PM
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Measur4e a head and go up to the next available size of plug.

While it is possible to make plugs, it chews up a lot of wood that needs to be pretty high grade.

The manufacturer's can use scraps they would otherwise pitch anyway.

1/16 increments are common, with the taper on the plug sides being about that amount.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 3:22PM
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One last question....do they make a permanent marker for touch ups?Needs to be for outdoor.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 8:48AM
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