can epoxy wood filler be stained?

Can you stain over wood epoxy? What about other types of wood filler? The short answer is, yes! You can stain over any type of wood filler, but it’s important to know that the resulting finish will not be identical to paint alone.

This is because the epoxy itself will color your project in some way. For this reason, it’s best to start with a sample before committing to staining large areas with epoxy.

Can wood epoxy be stained?

Epoxies are not stained. They’re two-part resins that harden into a solid material. That’s why they’re so good for filling cracks, but not so good for covering them up with paint or stain.

Can I stain over wood filler?

Yes, you can stain epoxy wood filler. But it’s not recommended because the filler will not match the color of the wood and won’t be as durable as if you stained it directly onto your surface.

For example, if you have a table that has been painted white and then filled with epoxy wood filler to make it look like new again, you could use a dark stain on top of the filler.

The dark stain would give your table an antique look because it will still show some of the white paint underneath.

However, if all you want to do is cover up ugly scratches from your old tabletop with some new color and protection from spills and stains then I would suggest using a colored glaze instead of applying stain over epoxy wood fillers because glazes are made specifically for this purpose; they’re designed to stay put without any special prep work required beforehand (unlike stains).

How do you make stainable wood filler?

To make epoxy wood filler stainable, you will need to use a stainable wood filler. The best type of wood filler is one that has been designed specifically for this purpose.

Stainable primer can also be used if you do not have access to a stainable wood filler. It will help provide better coverage when applying the topcoat and it will result in a smoother finish as well.

The next step would be to apply your paint or topcoat over the primer or stainable wood filler that was used before it was stained with your desired color of paint/topcoat (or both).

How do you stain wood over epoxy?

The first step is to choose a stain-grade product. Epoxy wood fillers and topcoats are not intended for staining, so you’ll need to use one of these products:

  • Stain primer – this goes on first, before your chosen color
  • Sealer – this seals in the stain and helps it adhere to the surface of the wood
  • Topcoat – this covers up any imperfections or irregularities in your project and protects it from water damage (if you’re using epoxy paint) or environmental damage (if you’re using epoxy sealer)

How do you tint epoxy wood filler?

By adding dyes, pigments, and stains to epoxy wood filler, you can control the color of your project. To tint the epoxy, mix the desired pigment with a small amount of solvent and paint it onto a scrap piece of wood.

Then apply some epoxy to that area and let it dry. If you’re not happy with the result or want to try another color combination, simply wipe off the area with mineral spirits or acetone before applying a new coat of epoxy.

What kind of wood filler can be stained?

Epoxy wood filler can be used on almost any type of wood. It is even possible to use epoxy wood filler on stained or painted surfaces, although the results won’t be as good as if you were able to sand off the stain or paint first.

If you want to stain your project after applying the epoxy filler, you should choose a stain that is compatible with polyurethane-based products.

The most common types of stains include oil-based and water-based stains, both of which can be used with polyurethane finishes like varnish and lacquer.

How do you color over wood filler?

To color over wood filler, use a stain-safe primer and topcoat. You’ll also need to choose between two types of stain-safe wood filler: liquid or paste.

If you’re going with liquid epoxy, the most common brands are Minwax Wood Filler and Behr Premium Wood Filler. Both have an acrylic base and come in several colors that can be tinted by adding water (1 part polyurethane + 2 parts water).

They’re available at home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s for around $6 per tube of 100 ml (3.38 fl oz).

Why is my wood filler not staining?

  • The wood filler needs to be sanded down more.
  • The wood filler is not dry yet, so it will absorb the stain unevenly, if at all.
  • You haven’t sanded down the wood filler as much as you did the wood itself–this means that there are still some rough edges on your epoxy and they are taking in the stain unevenly, or not at all.


I hope this article has been helpful and answered all of your questions. If you have any other questions that we didn’t cover in this post, please don’t hesitate to contact us so we can provide some more information on your particular situation!

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