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04-22-2020 02:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood fillers plywood soft wood sanding shellac interior stain tip trick resource pine sander finishing rustic

I’m not sure if this would be the best forum room for the question, but here goes nothing…. would anyone have a recommendation for a water-based wood filler? I have a plywood floor in my SheShack that I will be starting the finishing process shortly and need to do some filling prior to some light sanding. It NOT thermostat controlled, but is able to be heated and cooled when needed. It is also fully insulated. My intentions are to fill imperfections, sand and thoroughly clean, apply a 2lb cut of Zinsser Seal Coat, then Varathane American Walnut stain followed by 3 coats of water-based floor polyurethane. Any suggestions and experiences are welcome and very appreciated!

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#1 posted 04-22-2020 02:49 AM

Have had good luck with Timber-Mate products. Water based and good shelf life ad can just add water to thin/reconstitute. Good luck! Make sure to post some after pics sounds like it will look awesome when done. I buy it at my local lumberyard but posting Amazon link so you can see what it looks like;

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#2 posted 04-22-2020 03:05 AM

Thanks! I’ve been looking into using Timbermate and going over reviews. So far, it looks promising. I will definitely post some project pics afterwards.

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#3 posted 04-22-2020 03:25 AM

I’m with SMP, I use Timber-Mate quite frequently, and so far haven’t been disapointed. Mel

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#4 posted 04-22-2020 03:31 AM

Does it really take to oil stains? I’ve read mixed reviews. I’ll be using an oil based Varathane.

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#5 posted 04-22-2020 03:57 AM

It looks so beautiful

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#6 posted 05-10-2020 01:43 PM

I also swear by Timbermate, however,remeber it is water based and can be reconstituted by adding water. A lot will depend on your sealer finish.

If the finish wears through and the filler gets wet it can get softened and abraded away with even a wet sponge… however, these would be extreme circumstances.

If it can/will get wet, I’d avoid a water based filler… though your colour choices may be somewhat limited.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 05-10-2020 02:13 PM

Does it really take to oil stains? I ve read mixed reviews. I ll be using an oil based Varathane.

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I find it easier to tint the Timbermate rather than trying to stain it to match after it dries. You can use their tint base and color it with the stain you’re going to be using (oil based stain is fine). It is also compatible with dyes, pigments like Mixol, acrylics and many other colorants.

They say that the color of the filler when it’s wet matches the color after it has dried and is top coated. I prefer to do test boards to make sure I achieve that final color I’m looking for.

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

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