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    Wood Filler vs. Wood Putty

    Can someone explain to me the difference?

    I bought both, not knowing there was a difference.

    Wood Filler and Wood Putty.

    Then when I got it home I saw the putty couldn't be sanded....so when do you want to use something that you can't sand?
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    The putty does not harden or dry. It is intended for use one a finished piece for filling nail holes, and usually color matched (if you use your imagination) The filler will dry and harden but doesn't take a stain. I use artists pencils to match the color as close as possible on the rare occasion that I have to nail something together and hide the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    so when do you want to use something that you can't sand?
    When you have stained all the project. Most will apply one or two coats of top coat finish sand lightly and putty the nail holes than top coat.
    Putty as you now know is kinda like window glazing and takes a very long time to dry. Putty also comes in most stain colors. The painter that just finished up the job we just finished had 10 or 12 different colors and would pick the one that best matched the wood around each nail.

    Wood filler you put on and sand before you stain. Don't believe them it does not take stain like the wood. It will stick out like a sore thumb when stained.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post

    Wood filler you put on and sand before you stain. Don't believe them it does not take stain like the wood. It will stick out like a sore thumb when stained.
    It also sticks out like a sore thumb if you use too much and can't get it all off because it's in an awkward spot DAMKIKT
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    I highly recomend the Famowood Wood Filler I would use no other. I only use the solvent-base product. It hardens in just a few min.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John French View Post
    I highly recomend the Famowood Wood Filler I would use no other. I only use the solvent-base product. It hardens in just a few min.
    +1 on the famowood
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    I used a mixture of sanding dust and regular glue. Color matches pretty good and hardens up pretty nicely..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    It also sticks out like a sore thumb if you use too much and can't get it all off because it's in an awkward spot DAMKIKT

    Your learning Grasshopper

    You can also mix puttys to get the color right
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    Famowood or Timbermate are my go to fillers.
    So mote it be,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    I used a mixture of sanding dust and regular glue. Color matches pretty good and hardens up pretty nicely..
    when you say "regular glue" you mean "regular wood glue" like Titebond?
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