Wood putty inlay dilema

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Forum topic by exteach posted 03-05-2018 02:55 PM 583 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2018 02:55 PM

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I have been inlaying contrasting wood putty in alder. The putty that extends beyond the inlay leaves a cloudy stain where it was prior to sanding. More sanding does not eliminate the stain. I have used sanding sealer and the stain still appears. It is frustrating when I get a great inlay and then when I fill and sand it the result is less than satisfactory. The surface of the inlay is great but the surrounding area has that darn cloudy stain. Is there a technique that I could use to eliminate the stain?

-- Neil, Oregon

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#1 posted 03-05-2018 03:31 PM

You have filled the grain and pores on the wood surface where the putty was. You’ll have to sand or plane it down to the non-sealed depth.

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#2 posted 03-05-2018 07:45 PM

Try putting a very light coat of the sealant you’re going to use on the wood before you fill it with putty to keep it out of the pores and grain. When you go to sand the putty a couple light passes should take the excess off without staining the wood before you get through the sealant.

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 01:48 AM

put masking tape around the spot you are putting the putty, keeps it out of the grain and keeps it from staining the wood.

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 03:47 AM

Yes I agree try putting a coat of shellac on the wood first. When I make my own filler for small flaws in wood, I mix
sanding dust with shellac and apply that and when it dries I sand it off and then apply shellac over the entire surface, sand lightly and then apply poly finish.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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