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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  • 3.42 average rating from 26 reviews
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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

By

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.

3.0

For what it's worth.

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Verified Buyer


Major Caveats:

1. I a raw beginner as a luthier/finisher I've only got about a dozen instruments under my belt. If not the world's worst finisher, I've got to be in the bottom 100 world wide.

2. I don't shoot for the high gloss finishes. Matter of personal taste. If an instrument sounds good, feels right to the player, and nothing breaks on it it's a moral victory.

Observations on the products:

I've tried a number of things for grain filling. The first was the clear (actually white in the can) water-based filler that I think of as the 'original' that I got from StewMac a few years ago. I tried the thicker, paste-like tinted version that replaced it, and was not at all pleased with the results. The "neutral" tint which I used on quarter sawn red oak, and which dried to a bright yellow that I was never able to completely eliminate from all the pores.

I've also tried using clear epoxy, which I saw recommended somewhere. That failed miserably. Post disaster research indicated that this method will work only if the constituents are brand new, mixed in the recommended proportions to within two parts per million, and applied on the first Thursday within the octave of St. Swiven's day.

By comparison to any of these, this product easier to use and was produced better results. I did not encounter a lot of the problems reported in these reviews. I make no claim that this was the result of any skill on my part, or lack of same on the part of the other commenters. Most commenters clearly have far more experience and knowledge than I do. Also my product did not exhibit physical properties they describe. For example, while the product was wax-like it was fluid enough to brush with no difficulty. I also used it to fill a couple of cracks with no yellowing, and better success than anything else I've tried.

I decided to write a review because, taken together, the comments appear characteristic of differences between batches, rather than in how it was used.

I have a number of friends who are accomplished woodworkers, and the consistent message that I get from all of them is that grain-filling is as much magic as art, and not a science. \

I'd hate to see this product dropped, since, poor as my results may be, this is the closest I've come to a reasonable finish. At the same time, I can fully appreciate the frustration of an accomplished luthier trying to meet more demanding standards.

1.0

Make a video on this stuff

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Verified Buyer


So, I too have tried to use this stuff and had almost the same outcome as everyone else. It doesn't work as grain filler at all. I've tried to use it as a putty, which if you put it on even a tiny bit heavy it will turn yellow and crack like crazy. I really want this stuff to work!! It would be awesome if Stewmac would make a video on how the heck to use this stuff.

1.0

I should have read the reviews...:(

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Verified Buyer


I can't believe how "poorly" this pore filler works. I applied 4 coats, sanding each one back, on a rosewood back and side set and when I applied the finish, the rosewood looked like it had none of the pores filled. I am pretty frustrated at this point because I have spent hours and hours spraying, sanding back, spraying, sanding back, etc... and there are still hundreds of pinholes all over the back and sides. StewMac, this product sucks.

1.0

it is not working

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Verified Buyer


I applied waterbase grain filler color tone on back and side mahogany guitar two coat as required and sanded with 320 few hours after. no filling at all.
I apply cross grain with a plastic scraper at room temperature (20degre celcius) I can't brush the product (cf picture).
regards,
Regis

Response from StewMac


We are sorry to hear this grain filler is not working as expected. We have updated the instructions on this product and we would be happy to answer any technical questions you have on this product. -Spencer, Customer Support

1.0

Wrong product for porous guitar wood.

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Verified Buyer


It may work for slightly porous wood, but not for mahogany, ash, paulownia, etc. It didn't work for me. It added extra days of sweat. frustration, dust all over the place from sanding and starting again, etc. I gave up and wound up with a sad looking finish in the end (maybe I could relic this one).Do not sell it as a grain filler for guitars; sell it for furniture or something else.

Response from StewMac


We’re very sorry for the difficulty you experienced with the grain filler. Your feedback is valuable and we all thank you for taking the time to write to us. At StewMac, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Please contact us so we can arrange store credit or refund. - Spencer, Customer Support

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