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Old 02-07-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Hide nail holes in red oak treads


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A contractor installed "retro-treads" (red oak) on my stairs. It looks nice
He used glue and 16gauge nails, and left everything raw as we agreed I will stain the treads myself
I did a test on a piece of oak. I've filled some holes with regular wood filler, let it dry and sand, then applied 1 coat of stain (Rustoleum)
Well, I find the spots with wood filler still noticeable....
Is there a better way to proceed, to make sure those spots are barely visible?
Should I use stained filler/putty and the matching stain?
Any specific tips ?

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Old 02-07-2014, 10:36 AM   #2
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Try one of these.
http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/...-pencil#Colors
Near impossible to get an invisible filler, close is as good as it gets.
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So is it best to fill the holes 1st and then stain, or stain 1st and fill the holes after?
Knowing that I will apply several coats of polyurtehane (I was told 7 layers are recommended for stairs.....)

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Fill then stain.
The more coats of sealer the longer it's going to last.
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I was also looking at the Minwax wood putty that comes in different colors:
http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/...wax-wood-putty
But apparently it's a non-hardening putty, and not sandable....!!! Not sure I can use that
And for the pencils, they don't say if it's hardening or not
http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/...lendfil-pencil

Looks like the only recommended product is the stainable wood filler:
http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/...le-wood-filler

Coudl somebody who used some of these profucts give some opinions?
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