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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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!

4.0

It works - lots of coats

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Verified Buyer


I used this to fill two guitar bodies. One was ash, the other alder. The alder filled quickly and smoothly with three coats. Ash has deeper grain and needed a whole lot more filler. That's neither here nor there - it does what it is supposed to do, doesn't change the wood color and takes finish. It didn't make me a better person or improve my finishing skills, but it does what I bought it to do. And, as a bonus, it has next to no odor.

3.0

The transparency advantage

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Verified Buyer


2-3 times on porous woods are certainly not enough. I tried this on mahogany and indian rosewood. 2 applications on mahogany where not enough. After the build up coating dried a couple of days, i could see the sinking in the pores. Needed a lot more coats and time to come to a level surface. On the Rosewood one, i applied and sanded 4 times. Better this time but still, the first coats would sink in. I think that 5 coats would be enough for rosewood. It has good filler paste properties when applied thickly, getting some larger craters or gouges in wood level, after sanding. Being clear, it is quite hard sometimes to check weather it is sanded or there is still residue on wood, which makes the finish over those areas, kind of blotchy. I also have a slight feeling, it masks the natural beauty and 3-dimensional qualities of wood.

4.0

Works as advertised

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Verified Buyer


Works great and hardens fast. Great customer service from Stewmac as always!

4.0

Worked just fine

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Verified Buyer


I build mostly dulcimers mostly out of black walnut but also other open grain woods and finish with lacquer but never fill. I like the finished look as it looks more natural. Same for my walnut ukuleles. But I just finished a curly koa ukulele and wanted a high gloss finish so needed to fill the pores. With guitars and mandolins, I generally use curly maple which doesn't need filling. After reading the reviews here I was hesitant to use the clear filler. I called tech support with some questions and decided to give it a try. Number 1, I followed the directions, using light coat of shellac first; actually 2 light coats; then applied the clear filler using a mildly stiff brush cross grain. I let it sit for about 50 minutes then sanded using 320. Applied a 2nd coat a little lighter except for 2 small gnarly grain areas that needed it. After another 50 minutes sanded again. no problems except the 2 spots with the extra filler. They gummed up a little, which leads me to believe that problems arise when applying too much filler and/or not waiting long enough to sand. I had no problems and would definitely recommend using this filler.

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