3 Factors That Affect Wood Filler Drying Time

3 Factors That Affect Wood Filler Drying Time

To remove imperfections from wooden floors before advancing to finishing, application of wood filler is ideal.

If you’d like to bring out the grain in your wood, you can stain and varnish it; for more on that, go here.

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However, when applying wood filler, it is important to note the different drying times. This raises the question “how long does wood filler take to dry“?

The period taken for wood filler to dry generally depends on a number of factors detailed below:

1. The nature of the repair involved.

The period taken for wood filler to dry depends on the type of repair being carried out, whether shallow or deep repairs on the particular surface involved.

The approximate time taken by wood filler to dry in shallow repairs is around 15 minutes, while in situations where deep repairs are involved, the drying time ranges between 2-8 hours before sanding can be carried out.

2. The type of wood filler used.

Other than the nature of the repair involved, the type of wood filler used, whether oil-based or water-based, also affects drying times.

Generally, water-based wood filler doesn’t take as long to dry compared to oil-based wood filler.

3. The temperature and humidity.

External factors like temperature and humidity also affect the rate at which wood filler dries.

An increase in temperature normally results in a decrease in drying time (and vice versa) since drying tends to be good in warm conditions and poor in conditions with temperatures below 10 degrees. Humidity on the other hand affects the rate of drying by interfering with oxygen rates, thus making drying take a little longer.

Here’s a video that demonstrates wood putty application:

In cases where you require wood filler to dry faster, you have to consider the favorable conditions that would suit you such as low humidity, warm temperatures, shallow repairs, and and a water-based wood filler.

With the breakdown above, you can at least learn a thing or two about the factors that affect the drying times of wood filler.

While we’re on the topic of wood, you should check out my article on using a bandsaw to work with wood.

Best of luck with your project!

Applying Minwax Paste Finishing Wax Over Polyurethane

Applying Minwax Paste Finishing Wax Over Polyurethane

Want to have that floor finish bright and lustrous again?

The thing is, your flooring has probably been applied with a wax before. Can we apply it to the floor with a polyurethane finish?

The answer is yes! When you can see worn out scratches or marks on the floor that make it look dirty and unsightly, a good overlaying of another finishing wax would be best.

Hence, I introduce to you one of the best products to perform this task: Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax Over Polyurethane

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax Function

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax over polyurethane works great as it adds luster to it and a fine new look.

If you are a newbie to this type of method, Minwax Paste has the ability to revive what was once worn without the tedious effort of removing the polyurethane layer.

Having that fresh luster in your house’s flooring can never be more satisfying with this product.

Steps To Take For Application

The steps would be as easy as applying it for the first time, or maybe even much simpler.

It might take some time actually, but seeing the fruit of your effort makes it totally worth it. The following steps can really help:

1. Clean Your Floor

If you don’t want any unwanted dirt, crumbs, particles or other matter showing through your finished product, you’d better clean up your floor first. You can use any standard method for cleaning your floor.

2. Apply The Wax

Use steel wool, a piece of cloth, or something similar. It all works. Steel wool may be more effective for penetration, but it can depend on how you apply it.

Don’t use too much or ridges may form in your application. Make it thin and smooth. The good thing is, the rubbing motion does not necessarily need to be parallel with the floor’s grain.

3. Let It Dry

Let it dry for 15 minutes at most.

4. Buff It

Buff your floors with either a floor buffer or lambswool buffing pad. It doesn’t take very long to do this.

5. Repeat Until Satisfied

Finally, let the finish dry up for another 6 to 8 hours. If the shine doesn’t suit your preferences, go through the same procedure again until you get the shine you’re looking for.

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This is how you can apply Minwax Paste Finishing Wax over a polyurethane coating. Enjoy your lustrous new floor, and consider moving on to larger DIY projects (see Carve Your Creation) with power tools such as framing nailers.