how to cover up wood filler?

I’ve always been a big fan of wood filler. It’s cheap, easy to use, and will cover up the worst dings and divots in your furniture that you can’t sand out.

But even the best-intentioned DIYer will have trouble covering up wood filler. The good news is that there are several ways to make it disappear without having to start over again. Read on for advice on how to make your wood filler disappear!

How do you make wood filler not noticeable?

In order to make wood filler not noticeable, you have to treat the wood in such a way that it doesn’t need filling. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t use wood filler on any piece of furniture that’s supposed to be stained or painted. Use wood putty instead; it will blend into the grain of the wood and won’t require sanding later.
  • Don’t use wood filler on any piece of furniture that is meant to be varnished (or oiled). The varnish will seal over your fill, making it nearly impossible for you to remove or sand down without damaging your project.
  • Don’t use a lot of layers, because then they’ll be visible through all coats of paint/stain/varnish

Can you use wood stain over filler?

The short answer is yes, you can use wood stain over filler. The longer answer is that it depends on the type of filler and what you’re trying to accomplish.

In this article, we’ll explain the ins and outs of stain applications on top of wood filler and give you some tips for getting the best results.

Wood Fillers vs Filler

There are many different types of wood fillers available today, each with its own unique properties. Some are very porous and absorb stains readily; others are less porous or even nonporous (e.g., polyurethane).

You should always use a product specifically designed for staining over your surface type; for example, if you’re filling bare drywall with spackling compound (which has been formulated for sealing holes), it’s not going to work well if you want to apply any type of finish because there will be no way for them to bond with each other effectively enough!

In general terms though: If your project involves applying a protective coating over an existing surface rather than creating new ones then it should be fine regardless of whether or not they have been prepared beforehand—just make sure whatever method used doesn’t compromise either one’s ability first before proceeding further along those lines – especially when dealing with such demanding tasks like painting large areas quickly without compromising quality standards too much.”

Can I sand and stain wood filler?

If you want to stain or paint the wood filler, it’s important to sand it down first.

You can use a power sander with 80-grit or 100-grit sandpaper to get rid of any unevenness on the surface. Then spray on a coat of primer and let it dry before applying your topcoat.

If you don’t have access to a sander, then you can use fine steel wool instead. Just make sure that your baseboards are clean and dry before starting this process!

Can you varnish over wood filler?

Varnish will not cover wood filler.

Shellac is a good choice for covering wood filler. Shellac is a clear finish that dries quickly and doesn’t yellow as varnish can do over time.

You can also use shellac to seal up knots and other blemishes in the wood before filling them with putty or spackle.

Why is wood filler showing through paint?

There are a few reasons why wood filler can show through your paint job.

  • The paint is too thin. If you’re applying a one-coat finish, then it’s possible that the paint isn’t thick enough to fully cover the wood filler, especially if the fillers are very dark in color (like mahogany).
  • The paint is too old and has lost its ability to adhere properly to surfaces. Old latex paints tend to dry out over time and lose their adhesion quality, so apply new coats of fresh latex every couple of years for best results.
  • You have applied several coats of paint over large areas without sanding between them, causing some of the older layers below those areas to become loose from the surface and exposed again through newer ones above them—this can happen even after only two years! To avoid this problem, make sure you sand any old layers before applying new ones; also try using cutting or semi-gloss finishes instead of satin or flat finishes since they’re usually less prone to peeling off later on down the road (but always check first!).

Will a solid color stain cover wood filler?

You can use any solid color stain to cover wood filler, but you should be aware that it will only work for small areas. If the entire piece is covered in filler, you’re going to have a much tougher time getting an even coat of stain over it all.

And if there are any gaps between where your filler ends and where your original wood begins, then those areas will show through as patches of discoloration after staining.

To make sure you get enough coverage without applying too much stain or varnish, first apply some wood conditioner or primer to the area where you intend to apply the new finish (just like when you were preparing your project).

Let this dry completely before moving on to applying another coat of filler or spackling compound. Once again, let this dry thoroughly before proceeding with your second coat of primer/conditioner and sanding down any areas that may have been missed by hand application (this is particularly important around corners and edges).

What stain will cover wood filler?

The best way to cover wood filler is with a stain. When choosing a stain, you’ll need to decide whether you want a gel stain or an oil-based stain.

If your project will be exposed to moisture, such as in the kitchen or bathroom, an oil-based stain is likely going to be your best bet because it’s more resistant to water.

If it does get wet, though, chances are that the finish will start peeling off of the wood rather than staying put like a water-resistant polyurethane would do on top of it.

If you use an oil-based stain on raw wood or bare plywood that has been stained with polyurethane already (which we recommend), then make sure that both layers are dry before applying another coat of polyurethane over them; otherwise, they won’t stick together properly and could peel off after some time has passed by instead! This rule applies even if there isn’t any visible separation between these two coats yet: better safe than sorry when working with finishes like these (especially since they’re relatively expensive).

How do you remove wood filler from wood?

If you’re working with wood filler, a good way to remove it is to use a wire brush. You can find this tool at your local hardware store and they are relatively inexpensive.

You’ll want to use the wire side of the brush to remove the filler, then turn the brush around and use its other side to give your surface a nice sanding. This process should leave you with clean wood that’s ready for whatever project you need it for!

Another option is sandpaper—although this option may take longer than using just one tool like a wire bristle brush, it may be worth spending some extra time on as well because once all those pieces have been removed from your board then there won’t be any leftover marks from them being there beforehand either!

If neither of these options works out then another option would be a chemical stripper (aka paint stripper), which usually works well but can sometimes leave behind residue so make sure not too much gets onto any part of your furniture piece before applying paint after removing


We hope you had a good time learning about the best ways to cover up wood filler. We know there are plenty of other options, but these are our top favorites!

You can also try using paint instead of stain or varnish if you want something more permanent without too much prep work involved.

And remember that even though wood filler might not be the most aesthetically pleasing thing ever created by mankind, with the right tools and techniques, it doesn’t have to look bad at all!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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