Wood Filler Tips
Using wood filler is often not a terribly pleasurable task, but it is important to use it properly, particularly when it comes to scenarios such as carrying out wood floor repairs. Fortunately, there are simple tips which, if followed, should make the whole process a lot simpler and considerably less of a pain.
Wash wood filler off of your hands the moment you have finished using it, or even wear disposable gloves instead. It dries very quickly – so quickly that most of the time you can actually sand the wood not long after applying the filler – but that advantage can become a major nuisance if you get it stuck to your hands!
While it does dry very quickly, be sure that it is 100% dry before trying to sand the wood in question; otherwise you will not end up getting a very good finish at all, which rather defeats the object. Use coarse sand paper along the lines of 40 or 60 grit to start with, and then change to finer sand paper such as 80 or 120 grit. Once repaired and sanded, then use a damp cloth to wipe over the area that has been repaired and then let that dry before attempting anything else, such as painting.
Flexible wood filler might be necessary to perform repairs on wood that is constantly in motion, such as on door or even window frames. While better suited to these tasks, the flexible wood filler can still be used and then sanded in the same way as the normal filler.