how to get wood filler to take stain?

You can use stainable wood filler to repair small cracks and dings in your furniture and cabinetry. However, it’s important to know how to apply the product so that it takes stain as intended. Here are answers to common questions about using wood filler for staining:

Why is wood filler not taking stain?

Wood filler is not taking stain because it is solid. Solid wood fillers are not porous, and that’s why you can’t paint over them.

Wood fillers are made of plastic, which means that they don’t absorb water as real wood does. Since wood filler doesn’t absorb water, it also doesn’t absorb food coloring or other dyes when you try to stain your piece of furniture with it.

If this happens to you while staining your project, don’t worry! You can still get the look you want by using liquid stains instead of powdered ones.

Can you use stain over wood filler?

Yes, you can use stain over wood filler. If you apply the stain in a thin layer and allow it to dry thoroughly before applying the second coat, the result will be a smooth surface that is comparable to an unstained piece of wood.

Staining over wood filler will not change the color or texture of your project piece; it will only mask any blemishes from sanding or imperfections that may have occurred during installation.

How long should wood filler dry before staining?

You need to wait for your wood filler to dry before staining, but how long should you wait? The answer depends on the type of wood filler that you’re using.

Some brands can be stained soon after application, while others will take a few days to completely dry. Most types of wood filler require 24 hours of drying time before you can stain over them, but some types are ready in as little as an hour or two.

When it comes to determining whether or not your wood filler is safe for staining, there isn’t a hard-and-fast rule that tells you when it’s ready to go—it’s better just not to waste any time and ensure that your project doesn’t get delayed unnecessarily by waiting too long!

How do I stain wood filler to match?

Staining wood filler and then applying a top coat is the easiest way to get your stain to match. The trick is to use a stain that matches the color of your wood.

You’ll need to apply some stain on both sides, let it dry thoroughly, then apply another coat on both sides after that dries. Let it dry completely before applying any topcoat (you don’t want any water-based stains bubbling up when you do).

Why is wood filler showing through paint?

A wood filler that hasn’t been sanded down to the right level is a common cause of paint showing through. If your wood filler isn’t sanded properly, it will appear to be rough and obvious after you apply paint.

It can also happen if you’ve applied too much wood filler in one area, or if you didn’t spread it out evenly over the surface of the hole.

Can I sand and stain wood filler?

You can sand and stain wood filler. The process is similar to staining drywall or any other material that’s been filled with joint compound.

Sand the filler lightly before you apply the stain so that it will absorb into the filler and not just sit on top of it. You might want to use fine grit sandpaper like 220 grit or higher, but I’ve also had good results using 100 grit paper on some projects.

Once you’ve sanded your wood filler, apply a small amount of stain over the entire surface of what will be your finished project (such as a tabletop).

Use an old paintbrush or similar tool for this step—otherwise, you’ll end up leaving fingerprints all over everything! The stain should be applied while still wet to ensure good coverage without clumping up in one area more than another—this is especially important if you’re using a darker color because otherwise there could be noticeable color differences after drying overnight.

How do you make wood filler look like wood grain?

You can also make wood-grain filler look like wood by using a filler that is designed to look like wood grain. A good place to find these fillers is at your local hardware store or home improvement store.

You can also purchase them online at, but they tend not to be as inexpensive as they would be at the store.

You will want to select a filler that has fine grains and one that is made of synthetic material instead of plastic or rubber fillers. These are easier to use than those made with natural materials since they do not need sanding before you stain them.

Is DAP wood filler Stainable?

Yes, DAP wood filler is stainable.

You can use any stain you want to get your desired look. If you want to match the existing wood grain, it’s best to use a stain that has a similar color and tint.


There are many reasons that wood filler won’t take stain. It could be the type of wood filler you’re using or how long it has been drying before staining.

To get the most out of your wood filler and make sure it takes stain, follow these tips:

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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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