Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Timbermate as pore filler

Q: I plan to paint oak cabinets. Someone suggested Bondo for pore filling but I am considering Timbermate instead. Any tips on grain filling with that product?
A: For the record, polyester body fillers like Bondo will also work just fine as pore fillers under painted surfaces. As for Timbermate, simply thin it with water to whatever is the best working consistency for you. I like it about the consistency of heavy cream for pore filler work, but you may prefer it a bit thicker or thinner. Fill, let it dry completely, and sand. It’s very simple and there are no hidden surprises. Incidentally, it will work over both raw and sealed wood.