Handyman

Can wood putty be stained?

Updated: 2013-08-11T00:55:41Z

By Tom Breshears

Special to The Star

Is there a wood putty or filler that can be stained? Our molding is fruitwood, and there is putty that is fruitwood, but it does not match. It is too dark.

If there is a product that can be stained to match, please tell me the name and where in Kansas City it can be purchased.

There are many wood fillers that can be stained, and they are available at home center stores. Read the label on the product, and it will tell you if it is stainable.

The problem we usually run into is that the fillers always stain a little bit different than the surrounding wood. No putties or colored fillers ever match exactly because no piece of stained wood is uniform in color. We spend a lot of time mixing fillers and putties until we find one that does not stand out too much.

Tom Breshears is a partner in Buffalo Constructors, a remodeling and restoration firm serving metropolitan Kansas City.

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