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12:11PM | 03/03/18
30 some years ago someone messily filled nail holes in honey stained interior door with wood filler with something blond colored. There is a half inch light-colored splotch at each nail hole.
My efforts:
Step 1 - try staining the filler in the molding with a Minwax combo stain/poly. No color change in the splotches.

Step 2 - thinking that 30 years might have left an impervious coating on the wood, I test sanded several nail hole areas and tried the Minwax again. No change.

Step 3 talked to paint store staff who said, "Ya, there is such a thing as non-stainable wood filler and that might have been used. Try this gel stain." Tried that - wood filler still picked up no color.

Now what? Is there a real fix or do I have to gouge/drill out the old wood filler and replace with stainable wood filler? Na, there's too many of those nail holes and they're all over 3 doorways into a wood-paneled kitchen.

Or do I just give up and a) paint the molding or b) replace the molding?

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