pexels anastasia shuraeva 6232443Finding the perfect piece of wood for your projects is often a challenging process, especially when you’re sourcing it from pieces you’ve cut yourself. And even if you’re not someone who works with unfinished wood, preferring instead to restore old pieces you find at thrift stores or garage sales, you’ve probably encountered pieces with divots that could benefit from a little extra help. Fortunately, wood fillers help you fix cosmetic issues when you need to fill gaps and small holes in a wood surface. Products like Real Wood Filler from the Real Milk Paint Co. help improve the integrity of your piece and ensure satisfying results in your finished project.

What Are the Types of Wood Fillers?

Wood fillers abound on the market, with each containing certain ingredients touted for certain situations. These include petroleum-based filler and epoxy wood filler that seal the area completely when you need options for outdoor use and water-based wood fillers that are more crumbly and designed for repairing wooden furniture used indoors. Other types of wood filler include options like epoxy filler for plastic wood, fillers made from synthetic materials that work well on raw wood destined for exterior woodwork and wood putty that’s great to fill small gaps in woodworking projects. How to use wood putties and wood filler depends on the type, so be sure to read and follow the directions carefully.

Why Choose Real Wood Filler?

When you want a wood filler that gets the job done for woodworking projects indoors and out, our Real Wood Filler is your best option. Better than water-based wood putty for filling holes in deck boards due to a formulation that’s water-resistant when fully cured, our wood filler is made from genuine fir wood fibers, so it responds to environmental stress just like actual wood, unlike most wood fillers made from sawdust and other wood byproducts or wood glue. Additionally, our Real Wood Filler stands out among stainable wood fillers and wood putties for easy customization of both unfinished wood and finished wood.

Supplies for Using Wood Filler

To use wood filler of any type, from petroleum-based wood fillers to our sustainable wood filler, you need a few supplies. These include:

  • Wood filler
  • Putty knife
  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Damp cloth
  • Sanding block
  • Wood stain or paint

How to Use Wood Filler

Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re ready to use wood putty or wood filler to repair cracks, even out large gaps or fill holes. You can also use this process for covering nail holes, and it works equally well on unfinished wood and finished wood. Also, before you begin, make sure the wood putty or wood filler you picked is good for the area where you intend to use the object you’re repairing. For example, a water-based wood filler is not a good choice for outdoor projects, which respond better to oil-based compounds. We don’t recommend the use of color changing wood fillers prior to painting with Real Milk Paint as they can at times revert back to their pink/purple color once the milk paint is applied over top. Follow these steps to use wood filler properly.

  1. Clean the area you’re repairing with trisodium phosphate before starting to ensure excellent adhesion, and let the natural wood surface dry before continuing.
  2. If repairing damaged edges or filling holes in an already painted or stained wood surface, mix a small amount of Real Wood Filler with the color of your choice before application to achieve an exact match with the surface you’re repairing.
  3. Use a putty knife for large repairs or your hand for smaller ones to apply wood filler deep into the nail holes or damaged edges, being careful to clear the surrounding wood. Wait until the wood filler hardens.
  4. Repeat step 3 one or more times if you’re covering large holes or 1/4-inch or deeper nail holes or repairing small gaps in highly visible areas. Be sure to let the wood filler dry on the repaired area between each application to get the best results.
  5. When completely dry, sand down the wood surface to match the surrounding wood and get an even surface for painting, and clean the surface again with trisodium phosphate.
  6. Finish your DIY projects with Real Milk Paint or your choice of wood stain, varnish, shellac or finishing oil like our Pure Tung Oil.

Imperfections in wood surfaces like damaged edges and nail holes don’t have to ruin the look of your DIY projects or wood floors and furniture when you have Real Wood Filler by the Real Milk Paint Co. on your side. To find out more about how to apply wood filler and how our all-natural paint products can help you achieve satisfaction with your own finished products, call us at (800) 339-9748 or fill out our contact form with specific questions.