ColorTone Clear Grain Filler

ColorTone Clear Grain Filler

ColorTone Clear Grain Filler

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ColorTone Clear Grain Filler

About This Item

Finally, a clear grain filler that actually dries clear! It's not bluish or cloudy; ColorTone Clear Grain Filler is truly transparent when dry.

It's compatible with all finishes and environmentally safe.

This waterbase filler dries much faster than messy old paste fillers: in 45 minutes it's ready for a second coat. We recommend 2-3 coats, and you can spray waterbase finish 1-2 hours after the filler goes on. (If you're spraying nitro, give it 12 hours before the finish coat.) Compare this to oil-base fillers which take days to dry.
  • Compatible with all finishes, including nitrocellulose and waterbase lacquers
  • Environmentally safe. Non-toxic, nonflammable, and solvent-free
  • Can be tinted with waterbased stains or pigments
  • Easy to apply, dries fast and sands easily
  • Fills wood pores without sinking, shrinking or cracking
16-ounce (473ml) container.

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  • 3.36 average rating from 25 reviews
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5.0

Grain Filler

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Verified Buyer


This is the best product for filling the grain on an ash body. Just don't use a plastic card. Use your hands. Just grab a gob and rub it into the wood. It works so much better that way. After it dries, wipe it with a piece of 400 grit-

5.0

Don't Know what Fuss was About in Other Reviews

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Verified Buyer


I'm new to guitar finishing, and I'm currently finishing a natural ash tele body for my '67 that someone had butchered beyond repair. Starting with a brand new unfinished ash body, I followed the Stew-Mac provided instructions by applying 3 coats of shellac to seal and give the ash that warm yellow classic tele look. Then I applied this filler in 3 coats letting it dry 2-24 hours between coats and sanding lightly with 220 grit paper. I was concerned about how difficult applying the filler would be, but after the first application I was just fine. After sanding the shellac with 320 grit I applied the first coat of filler with a paint brush and removed with excess with a plastic Bondo® scraper. Like when applying drywall mud, I held the scraper at a 45º angle and gently wiped the excess filler at a 45º stroke angle to the grain. Don't worry if the filler has streak marks. These sand right out. After the first application the grain was about 50% filled, so I waited for the filler to completely dry according to directions, then applied a second coat.The second coat achieved about a 90% fill so I repeated a third coat and could not be happier with the smoothness and lack of grain pores in the wood. My body is now ready for lacquer so now just waiting for a low-humidity day.

5.0

Essential for pro finish

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Verified Buyer


Used this product for the first time after years of using conventional fillers.
Super easy and fast. I like the clear aspect of this filler as opposed to the opaque look of colored fillers.
As with any new product, there is a learning curve. The best advice for finishing is always, patience, patience and more patience.
I prepared a LP style Mahogany body with a coat of sanding sealer, 3 coats of filler, and another coat of sealer, sanding flat in between with 320. The result was a perfectly flat, thin base for spraying nitrocellulose. This is work, no doubt about it but you would have to spray 100 coats of lacquer alone to try and fill the grain and you would still eventually see the grain show through.
Works for me.

5.0

Great product

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Verified Buyer


Great grain filler for mahogany. Haven't used it on anything else yet. Recommend

5.0

Colortone Clear Grain Filler

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Verified Buyer


I have tried this on a guitar AFTER using an oil-based grain filler. This grain filler was easy to use, and it filled the grain in the spots where I was having trouble. I think the main two important benefits of this product are: 1) if it dries up, in the container, you should be able just to add water and still use it. 2) It's clear, but make sure you don't have a buildup anywhere, as the buildup will be white.

Nice work on this product!

4.0

nice

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Verified Buyer


A bit easier but does the job fairly well. Needs several hours to dry.

5.0

worked for me

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Verified Buyer


Used this on my Stew-Mac mahogany uke kit. Followed directions and was rewarded with a mirror finish. Great product.

4.0

Easy to use and happy with the results

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Verified Buyer


This "gel" product resembles Aqua Coat, which I had never used before. (I have used Rockler's Crystalac, which is a thick liquid.) After trying a few of the too-many online application suggestions, I settled on the "apply with a folded cloth" technique, which beats the "spread/brush on, squeegy off" methods for gettin' 'er done. For my test piece of ash, it took four applications, with 320 sanding in between, to get an acceptable fill of even the big veins. One or two passes probably won't cut for most jobs. I trust that the Colortone Clear Grain Filler will be just fine for my unfinished swamp ash guitar body.

1.0

Thumbs down

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Verified Buyer


After 3 coats on mahogany and CAREFUL sanding, the pores are far from filled. Hard to see when sanding, difficult to tell when you are down far enough. Sprayed some naphtha on and was appalled at how splotchy and uneven it looked. Sorry StewMac, lots of great products but this isn't one of them.

5.0

The best !

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Verified Buyer


After using several types of grain filler to fill different types of wood on the same guitar and not being satisfied I tried this clear product on all the wood all at once. Wow ! It will be my first choice from now on!

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