Wood tends to crack and chip from general wear and tear to its surface. These abrasions can continue to grow, slowly shortening the life span of the wood if not corrected as soon as possible. With the correct wood filler, you can fill in these cracks, restain and bring your wood back to its original beauty.
Wood filler is a type of putty that is spread evenly into cracks and chips in wood so that the wood surface will once again look even and flush. There are two types of wood filler: solvent based and water based. The two types of fillers provide different benefits, such as response to stain and longevity. Most professional woodworkers choose solvent-based filler over water-based filler for best staining results.
Famowood filler is a solvent-based filler that frequently comes out on top American Woodworker magazine's tests of wood fillers. Famowood filler doesn't shrink from weather or show signs of cracking over time. The active ingredient, wood flour, gives the filler the ability to stain almost as naturally as real wood, which is rare with fillers.
Elmer's ProBond Wood Filler
Elmer's ProBond Wood Filler is an alternative to Famowood. It also came out on top of the list in the same testing. Like Famowood, ProBond uses wood flour to enhance the stainable properties of the filler. ProBond also comes in a convenient squeeze bottle and can be purchased for a couple dollars cheaper than its competitors.
Although these two wood fillers have been tested and proven to be at the top of the market for best staining fillers, it is always good practice to test fillers before applying them to your woodwork. This means buying several types of filler and testing their qualities on scrap wood similar to the wood you intend to fill.
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