how to stain wood filler?

Wood filler is a great way to fix up your woodworking projects, but it might not always be the most appealing. Since wood filler comes in different colors, you can stain it to match your project if you don’t like the color.

Wood filler comes in many different types, including epoxy and acrylic. You can also paint over wood filler with paint or stain to make it look more like real wood.

Can you use stain on wood filler?

Yes, you can use stain on wood filler. However, it’s important to understand that stains are thinner than paints and will soak into the wood filler.

This means that the color of your stain will be different from what it looks like when applied over bare wood because the stain will look darker when applied to an already textured surface.

The other thing about staining is that it won’t stop your wood filler from showing through on top of the stained area.

So here’s how this works: if you want to make a lighter color look darker with a stain, then apply one coat of black-colored primer (or any other dark color) first before applying two or three coats of red cedar stain (or whatever color you choose).

If you want to make a darker-colored piece look lighter, then apply one coat of white primer (or any other light color) first before applying two or three coats of red cedar stain (or whatever color).

How do I stain wood filler to match?

Staining wood filler depends on what you want to achieve. If the existing color of your wood is too dark and needs more contrast, use a stain color that is lighter than the wood.

If your existing color looks good, but it’s time to paint something else and you want to match? Go darker with a new coat of stain!

If you’re looking for an entirely different look or feel, try using a different stain color altogether. You can also mix two or more stains together for an even bigger impact on how your project turns out!

How do you color wood filler?

  • Stain markers
  • Stained brushes
  • Paint brushes and sponges

What kind of wood filler can you stain?

Yes, wood filler can be stained. Even though this is a common misconception, there are no wood fillers that cannot be stained. But some require more than one coat and some work better than others when it comes to the process of staining.

When deciding which type of wood filler you want to use for your project, make sure that it’s meant for exterior use if it’s going on any part of your home that’s exposed to rain and sun (like decks or patios).

If you plan on treating your deck like this every year as part of regular maintenance, then consider using a water-resistant type so you don’t have to worry about re-staining it every time the weather gets warm again in late spring.

Why is my wood filler not staining?

Wood filler is not absorbent. Wood filler is not porous. Wood filler does not soak up the stain as wood does.

If you’re thinking, “But my wood filler is soaked in oil! How can it not soak up the stain?” you have my sympathies.

Your heart was in the right place, but your brain needs to be convinced that this isn’t going to work out for you.

The only way to effectively stain wood filler is by using a pigment-based stain instead of an oil-based stain—i.e., one with pigments instead of oils as its base, which will provide better coverage and protection for your project than an oil-based product will do on its own (but also mean that you need to seal it).

How do you make wood filler look like wood?

To make wood filler look like wood, simply use a stain. You can choose any type of stain, but be sure to pick one that’s meant for exterior projects.

Staining wood filler is pretty easy and requires just a few steps:

  • Sand your surface with sandpaper to remove any rough edges or splinters; this will also help you get a smooth finish when it’s time to apply the stain.
  • Wipe down your surface with a damp cloth and allow it to dry completely before applying the stain (this will prevent unevenness). Make sure that all surfaces are clean before staining them!

Why is wood filler showing through paint?

There are a couple of reasons why wood filler may be showing through your paint:

  • The color of the wood filler may be too light for the existing paint color. For example, if you have a dark-colored interior and use a lighter-than-expected brown or white wood filler to patch up some gouges on your walls, the patched area will show through when you apply new paint.
  • The thickness of wood filler may be too thick for use with certain types of paint. If you’re using oil-based paints or polyurethane varnish, for example, there’s no need to sand down very much at all—you should just lightly sand over any rough areas with fine grit sandpaper (150+ grit) before applying your first coat of stain.

Can you paint wood filler?

Yes, you can paint wood filler. Just like when you’re painting a room or a piece of furniture, before using any type of paint on wood filler, it needs to be primed first. You can also use stain or a combination of the two to achieve your desired color.

There are many different types of wood fillers available today and they come in a variety of different finishes (gloss or matte) and colors.

If you want to mix your own custom color, simply purchase one that matches the shade of your choice and then add some stain with it until you get the right hue for your project.


There are many ways to color wood filler, but choosing the right one is important. You can color it with stain or paint, but keep in mind that this will make your project more difficult and time-consuming.

If you want to use wood filler instead of gluing boards together, then consider using Elmer’s wood filler because it comes pre-colored and ready for use out of the package.

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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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