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Old 01-12-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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So a baffling question for you experienced pros ! Ha

Filling a dented moulding on a coffee table. Seems like the easiest solution is to use
a filler such as epoxy and microballoons maybe and mix the wood stain colouring in it
while setting. Question would be oil based stain or water based?
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Re: Wood Stain Question

Water base will not stick to an oil base product but will work the other way around.
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No Pro, but from experience on balsa etc..... I've tried this same method on other things in my house for dents in stair railings, wood baseboard trim, some furniture pieces, etc.... and all these were stained (not painted).

I used an iron with plain water spayed on the wood surface first. I've used a regular iron and a monokote iron with success. The iron heats the water to a point of steaming and helps swell the wood back to its normal state or "close to normal" state depending on the depth of the dent. I have never had the finish burn or get scorched because the steam kept the spot moist. I don't usually have to re-stain or "touch it up" unless the original finish was damaged during the denting process. Try it first on an old piece of furniture or scrap wood that's stained if you want to be cautious.

If that fails, you can always go the sand/fill/sand/stain route. The more experienced guys can give better advice for this method. I've done some of this too with some success, but I always try the steam method first.
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Water based filler will not accept stain the same way oil based filler will. You will end up with a whitish spot no matter how much stain you apply.

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Operative question: how did the table moulding get dented? GThere has to be a story behind this sort of question in the forum.

May be easier to hire a professional (check antique restorations in the phone book or CANADA411.COM) to do the fix. These guys are experienced and know the tricks to make the repair blend in with everything else.
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Re: Wood Stain Question

It was dented during shipping in the package.
I used a brown wood filler product and then an oil based stain from Minwax.
It contained a clearcoat all in one product. The reason for this was the compound curves involved. Ideally, a real wood fill should have been used.
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