12:21PM | 01/17/01
Member Since: 02/13/99
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I have panelled my basement in knotty pine and plan to polyurethane. At what point should I fill the countersunk nail holes with putty? In between coats? Before, After the second coat? Any fillers better than others? Thanks.


04:06PM | 01/17/01
Member Since: 07/21/00
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This is not my usual area of expertise but woodworking is a hobby of mine, so i will take a stab at this.
If you want to use a neutral color stainable putty then it is best to apply before you stain so the putty gets stained the same color as the panel. I have found that stainable putty seldom stains close to the finish i apply to the rest of the project. Another method is to use tinted wood putty that can be mixed to the appropriate color. I would do this before i but on the clearcoat finish but it probably can be done after as well with little difference in noticeability. May be someone else can answer this better.


11:11AM | 01/18/01
Member Since: 10/19/98
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Get a putty as close to the finish color (stain or natural) as possible. The holes get filled after staining but before applying the poly.
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