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#1 posted 10-24-2014 04:31 PM

I use the soft colored putty available at paint stores. I think it is actually called “Color Putty.” I mix two colors if needed to obtain the correct color. Here are the two keys if you use this type of putty…
1. Pre-finish the project. Stain, lacquer—- the whole process.
2. Fill the nail holes with color putty, and wipe off any residue around the hole. Use thinner if needed.
3. Use a Q-tip to dab finish on the putty. I use lacquer, but use whatever product you topcoated with in step 1.
This finish on top of the putty is critical to the look of your project. Without a topcoat over your putty, it will lighten as it dries, and will no longer match.
I use this process for installing window and door trim. For furniture applications, I try to build in such a way that nails are not required (Mortise and tenons, biscuits etc).
Good luck.

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