Is there a wood filler/putty that either comes in ebony or that I can color to ebony that dries to a hard state that can be sanded? The stuff my local store sells is still quite soft and crumbly after days of drying.
If necessary I'd be willing to make my own if someone has a recipe.
Is epoxy sandable/scrapable, so that you can level out the high spots and end up with a look that is not noticeably different from the surrounding wood? I have used clear epoxy before as a gap fill under a clear poly finish and was not thrilled with the result.
The pigments are a fine powder and they dissolve in
water and other solvents so they can be used to make
They can also be mixed in with dry fillers like Durham's
rock hard water putty. If you try to mix pigments into
a premixed putty, the putty may get crumbly as the
pigments absorb the water and that can make it
hard to work with.
The trick, I think, to getting an exact result is to measure
precisely. You'll need a little scale to mix a given amount
of putty powder with a given amount of pigment.
The downside of Durham's is it "kicks off" like plaster
and dries fast so you have to use it. Making little packets
would be a solution so you're not blowing through more
costly artists pigments than necessary.
Durham's is real cheap. I use a spray bottle to squirt
water into a heap of putty powder in a shallow, round
tupperware container which, lacking corners, makes
it easier to work the water and the power into
a uniform paste.
In my experience, epoxy is a great, strong filler, but will require multiple applications as it sinks into the area being filled. It also effects the surrounding area's ability to absorb stains and other finishes due to its sealing nature. If I'm trying to fill nail holes or something similar, I usually use Elmer's wood filler and give it plenty of time to dry before moving onto the next step. Sometime additional application are required, but it's worth it as it seems to take stain and other finishes well, making the repair virtually invisible with enough patience during the application process.
"Is epoxy sandable/scrapable, so that you can level out the high spots and end up with a look that is not noticeably different from the surrounding wood?"
Yes, just hit it before it fully cures. When it's still a bit rubbery, it is easily scraped or pared with a chisel. It routs nicely too.
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