ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler

ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler

ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler Ash

Ash

Item # 0220-A
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ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler Ebony

Ebony

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ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler Mahogany

Mahogany

Item # 0220-M
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ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler Rosewood (Medium Brown)

Rosewood (Medium Brown)

Item # 0220-MB
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ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler Rosewood (Reddish Brown)

Rosewood (Reddish Brown)

Item # 0220-RB
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ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler Neutral

Neutral

Item # 0220-N
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ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler

About This Item

Our first choice for filling the pores of open-grain woods. Compatible with all stains and finishes.

The first step to a flawless professional finish!
ColorTone Waterbase Grain Filler is our first choice for filling and leveling the pores of open-grain woods, such as rosewood, ash, koa and mahogany, before spraying a finish. No shrinking or cracking; it dries faster than other types of fillers, and sands easily. Supplied in 4-ounce jars, ready to mix with water.

"It's grain filler, wood putty, crack filler, hole-filler and mistake-patcher, all rolled into one product. The colors are natural and realistic."
—Dan Erlewine
  • Waterbase, non-toxic, solvent-free and nonflammable
  • Compatible with all finishes, including nitrocellulose and waterbase lacquers
  • Compatible with most stains, waterbase pigments, sealers and topcoats
  • Traditional guitar colors
  • Neutral is a light base filler for custom tinting
  • Easy to apply, dries fast and sands easily
  • Fills wood pores without sinking, shrinking or cracking
ColorTone Grain Filler is supplied in paste form, ready to mix with water (10-15 percent water works well for us) and brush on the wood. Let it dry, sand the surface level, and clean with a damp cloth. It's that easy, and you're ready to spray a smooth, blemish-free professional finish. No shelf-life problems: if the filler dries hard in your cup, simply add more water.

4-ounce (118ml) container.

Why use grain filler? Unfinished rosewood, mahogany, koa and ash have porous "open-grained" surfaces. Filling and leveling the pores leaves the surface smooth for applying uniform finish coats. Using a contrasting filler color can often enhance the grain as well.

Instructions

Product Instructions

Using ColorTone Grain Filler

Preparation and application instructions.

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5.0

Great Filler

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Currently using this with a slight amber tint on roasted swamp ash. Following the fundamentals in Dan Erlewine's finishing book. Mixes and tints easily.

4.0

Mixes well, sands well, but watch out for darkening under certain circumstances

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This is good stuff. I mixed it with the almost-white alder color to fill some router boo-boos in white maple. When I applied it, it matched perfectly. But after using that two-part super thick ("equal to 70 spray coats") varnish (Home Depot), it showed up much darker than the maple. Haven't tried it with spray coatings.

The two-part stuff darkens everything. It brought out the colors of the maple, which had darker streaks, very nicely--I just needed to know that it was going to do that.

5.0

Works great!

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All this product line are great!

5.0

Grain filler, waterbase

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When mixed well it works great to fill the nooks and crannys in the wood.

3.0

Ok but not more than OK

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I bought this because my usual grain filler has been out of stock. This is the first water-based grain filler I’ve used.

In terms of performance, in the end things came out alright with this product. But I had to experiment with diluting the filler, and I wasn’t super confident I got the right consistency.

All in all, this seems fine. But I’ll be going back to oil-based fillers next time.

5.0

Waterbase Grain Filler

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Made the application of lacquer much easier for a headstock repair. Just follow the directions.

5.0

Works well

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This product makes great patches that can be sanded. I recommend this.

5.0

Good Stuff

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Matches Rosewood very well... I mixed some up with a few drops of hide glue and it dries rock hard. The cure after sanding and re-drilling, for a worn original bridge.

4.0

It fills

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Needs several hours to dry, does a decent job but could do a bit better.

5.0

Works for me

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Verified Buyer


It was with a little trepidation that I purchased this product, after reading some of the negative reviews. I'm no luthier; strictly an amateur, although I've been working on guitars for longer than some pros. But I figured for $8 I'd give it a try. So... I got some of the "Ash" -- the lightest non-neutral shade, and applied it to the rosewood sides and back of a Portuguese viola da Terceira.

I gave me excellent results, but I did do some things a little differently than recommended.

First, I notice that a number of reviews described the product in the can as "dry" -- mine certainly wasn't. It was wet, and about the consistency of potter's clay or glazier's putty. In fact, it was moist enough that I decided not to add the "10-15% water" recommended; I used it straight out of the can.

I applied with a slightly damp rag, using a gently circular motion to work it into the pores. I gently squeegeed off the excess, working at a 45º angle to the grain. After 15 minutes I cleaned excess off the surface with a very slightly damp rag.

I let it dry 4 hours, and sanded with 400 grit dry paper. At this point I found 80-90% of the grain filled adequately. After a second application, I was satisfied that the grain had been filled; after the second sanding the surface was smooth.

The next day I applied a light coating of oil-based stain, which the grain filler accepted nicely.

Cleaned the surface with an alcohol moisten rag, let dry, and applied five coats of nitrocellulose satin finish, letting each coat dry thoroughly and sanding between coats.

The finish I ended up with looked like it had been put on at the factory; I was really pleased.

The key here seems to be: 1) don't over dilute the product); 2) don't over-moisten the rags; 3) be gentle in your clean up unless you've given the filler at least a full day to dry; 4) allow adequate drying time between steps.

Again I stress: I'm just an amateur when it comes to finishing guitars. But it seems to me that this product works just fine; does exactly what it's supposed to do; and produces great results.
I'd certainly use it again.

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