how to mix wood filler with stain?

There are a lot of things to consider when staining your wood, especially if you’re working with an imperfect surface that needs some work.

Still, it’s possible to stain your wood and make sure it looks great with just the right amount of stain and filler. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about mixing stains with wood filler so that your project is perfect!

How do you match stain on wood filler?

You’ll need to match your wood filler color with the actual wood of the piece you’re repairing. If you have an existing stain or paint, look at that. If it’s not available in a wood filler, then pick one that is close in color to what you have on hand.

How do you add color to wood filler?

If you want to add color to your recycled wood filler, first use a brush (or whatever other tool you prefer) to apply the stain. Stain can be added in a few ways:

  • Before applying wood filler
  • After applying wood filler
  • After the wood filler has dried

The choice of when to add it will depend on what kind of surface texture you prefer. If you’re happy with the texture as is, then wait until after application or drying time before adding any color.

On the other hand, if you’d like a more uniform look or have uniform-looking surfaces due to multiple coats of whatever kind of material was used when making your projects—like paint or stain—then go ahead and put some color down right away!

What do you mix wood filler with?

For example, you can mix wood filler with stain to help hide any imperfections in the wood. You can also use it as a base for paint or shellac.

Wood filler mixed with polyurethane makes for a great varnish. If there’s an area where you want to apply polyurethane but don’t have enough wood filler on hand, try mixing some of your leftover stain into polyurethane before applying it to your project.

Do you use wood filler before or after staining?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions in our community. We recommend using wood filler before staining a piece of furniture, as it will help the stain adhere to the wood.

Filler can also be tinted with stain, which will help hide any imperfections in the wood grain by providing an even base for your final color coat.

How do you make wood filler look like wood grain?

  • Use a wood filler that is tinted. Tinted wood fillers are available in a number of colors, including black and grey. These products will provide you with the most natural look for your project, provided that the color matches your stain. The downside to using one of these options is that it may be harder to find them at local stores or online retailers than other types of fillers.
  • Buy colored primer/wood filler instead of traditional tinted filler if you don’t want to wait for shipping time or have difficulty finding tinted filler locally. Because colored primers already contain color, they’re easier to apply and blend into existing wood grain patterns better than traditional tints (which are often just white base coats). In addition, because they’re made specifically for furniture repair jobs like this one, they’ll perform better over time since they weren’t designed solely as paints; they were made specifically as adhesives that stick well enough under pressure so long as there’s adequate ventilation during application (more on this later).

What kind of wood filler can you stain?

There are several types of wood filler on the market. The most common is Bondo, but there’s also wood putty that you can buy in a tub or in tubes like toothpaste.

If you’re looking for something to cover up small holes and imperfections, then either one will do the trick. However, if you want to make the repair look seamless or get creative with your repairs (like adding colorant), then it’s worth investing in a product that’s specifically made for staining.

Wood filler is available with colorants added so that it matches your existing finish perfectly! This makes it easier than ever to fix up those occasional chips and dings without taking off all your old paint before repainting everything.

Can wood filler be tinted with stain?

Yes, you can use wood filler to fill in wood chips, cracks, and other areas. Wood filler is available in a variety of colors, including white, tan and black to match the finish of your project. To tint your wood filler with stain:

  • Measure out the amount of stain you want to use. Remember that if you apply too much stain or leave it on for too long, some may seep into the wood grain after drying.
  • Mix equal parts water and wood filler together in a bucket or container with a lid that seals tightly. This will help keep any unwanted air from getting into your mixture and drying it out prematurely.
  • Stir well until everything is completely mixed together; make sure there are no lumps remaining before applying it onto your project surface

How do you color filler?

There are a few ways to color wood filler. The best way is to use one that’s already colored, but if you want to use the natural look of wood filler and add a stain on top of it, that’s okay too.

If you need to match your project to an existing color or aesthetic in your house, we recommend choosing tinted wood filler over untinted because it has less chance of showing through when staining overtop.

Other than that, just make sure that whatever type of coloring agent you choose doesn’t show through too much so as not to detract from the actual work being done by covering up with paint or varnish later on down the road (unless this is what you’re going for).


Mixing wood filler with stain and paint can be a great way to achieve the desired look. It’s important to remember that you need something that will adhere well and take some time to dry before applying your topcoat.

The last thing you want is for all of your hard work to be ruined when something gets on top of it!

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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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