A water-based formula that doesn't contain harmful ingredients, making it safe for the environment. Very easy to work with and sand. Doesn't have an offensive odor. Finished results look great; easy to clean up once project is complete.
Some stains may not work well with it. Colors can be challenging to match to wood.
Comes in a tube that makes it practical for filling just a few small imperfections like nail holes. Can be squeezed directly into small areas. Sets up fairly fast and dries firm.
Once opened, this product has a tendency to dry out quickly, and become difficult to squeeze out of the tube. Not easy to stain.
Easy to work with. Colors are easy to match to wood surfaces. Holds paint and stain very well. If this water-based filler dries out in the container, mixing in a bit of water brings it back to a workable consistency.
Has a strong, chemical odor. Using it in a well-ventilated area is recommended.
Affordably-priced. A great pick for DIYers and novices, because it's very easy to use, sand, paint, and clean up. Doesn't contain extremely harsh ingredients or have an overpowering odor. Dries fast.
Difficult to seal the lid tightly, which can cause the filler to dry out quickly. If this happens, adding water can help. Colors are somewhat light.
Versatile size options make it practical for DIY or building projects that require a lot of filler – available in quart or gallon sizes. Water-based; easy to stain.
Colors can be difficult to match, and may look different when dried. May crack over time.
Imperfections in wood surfaces on wall trim, doors, furniture, or other objects can be unsightly, but fortunately, correcting them doesn't have to involve a major project or a lot of money. Using a quality wood filler is the answer to correcting minor holes, dents, and chips that detract from the appearance of natural wood. These fillers are made with wood or wood-like fibers and binding agents and have a soft, paste-like formula that makes them easy to spread and smooth into damaged wood. Once dried, filled areas can be sanded and painted, creating a fresh, revitalized look. Before you buy, think about the color of your wood, because fillers come in different shades. You'll also need to consider the size of your project, as wood fillers are available in tubes for small repair tasks, and tubs for larger areas. Powdered formulas that require mixing with water are also available but are intended for builders or major home-improvement jobs.
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