A Complete Guide to Different Wood Fillers

If you are performing some exterior work, then you may find that your wood product has holes or dents in the surface which makes the whole project look less than professional, and you may need to find a brand of wood filler to help you get the best from your wood. This filler functions in much the same way as poly filler does on the inside of your home, filling up holes and dents which you would not want on the front of your home. There are many different types of wood filler, and finding your way around the various pots can sometimes be a little difficult. Follow a few hints and tips to get the best wood filler for your needs.

Wood Stopper

The wood stopper is the most basic type of wood filler, and is used for filling in any holes and cracks which appear in the wood after it has been used for a while. This type of filler is made from wood flour, and is cheaper than other types of filler, but it is not very good at holding on to color or stains, so you should only use this kind of filler if you need to do a quick repair job on a piece of wood which has existed for a while. In order to get the best out of your wood stopper, try and purchase the pulp in  a shade as near to the color of your own wood as possible.

Two-Part Fillers

More expensive than the stopper is the two-part filler, which is typically made from a mix of wood pulp and polyester. This involves applying an undercoat,  leaving this to dry, and then mixing in a second coat which keeps the filler in place and protects the wood. This type of filler has the advantage of being a quick cure, and can also be used to hold nails and screws in place. Unlike the wood stopper, you are able to stain and paint the two-part filler.

Exterior Fillers

If your wood is in a very exposed position on the exterior of your home, then you should consider a specific waterproof exterior filler. This frequently come as a pre-mixed filler, and is typically made of polyester. As with the two-part, it can hold stain, paint and other polishes, so you can apply the filler and then paint your wood without the repair being noticeable. If you like, you can also drill holes in the exterior filler, or use it with concrete, plaster or stonework.

Multi-Purpose Fillers

The multi-purpose filler can also be used on wooden exteriors, and is quick-drying, meaning that you can put it on in winter, so long as you have a brief period without rain showers. The multi-purpose filler has all the advantage of the exterior and two-part fillers, as you can drill it and paint it, and it also comes in a range of colors, so you can do a quick repair job and then leave the paint work for a more convenient time.