Tinting to match Sapele, Need Advice

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Forum topic by Christine Whitman posted 07-29-2018 03:59 PM 478 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Christine Whitman

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07-29-2018 03:59 PM

Good morning! I’m looking for insight on tinting wood filler that I’ve already applied to my project. The wood is Sapele and the CNC caused some chipping in the radius so I filled the chips with Timbermate wood filler but after drying and sanding, the wood filler is far too noticeable. I’d like to tint only the wood filler to (using a teeny-tiny micro applicator) but I’m at a loss to know which tints or water based stain to use to as closely match the Sapele.

I’ve moistened the wood in the photo to show how prominent the wood filler is appearing.

Anyone out there have success in obtaining an excellent match? Appreciate the input.

-- Christine, Paradise, CA

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#1 posted 07-29-2018 07:18 PM

You have a couple of choices. One is to get some Prismacolor art pencils that are close in color. A lighter and darker pair in that shade will allow you to color in the base and then add some detail with the darker one.

You can remove the Timbermate with water and replace it with tinted Timbermate. I assume you used the natural/base tint, but regardless, that looks light and neutral enough to color. You can color it with any dye or acrylic. I keep Mixol pigments, aniline dyes and an acrylic 24 color art set for various tinting (I use Timbermate exclusively when I apply putty). Even if you tint the putty to match the base color, it’s still a good idea to use a darker pencil to obscure it.

Finally, and the solution I recommend, is to use epoxy putty. Part of the reason is that that’s on an edge and Timbermate is not a very durable filler. Epoxy putty is just as easy to use and will shape and sand beautifully. It also will stand up to any wear.

You can decide which is best for your situation. If that won’t receive any wear, Timbermate is fine. For either product, you can blend it almost flawlessly. I did a blog post on this a while back. It should be useful for you regardless of the filler you choose:

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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