Fills open grains and pores leaving an absolutely clear, glass smooth surface, ready to topcoat. Drys fast and sands easily. Also stainable!
CrystaLac CLEAR Wood Grain Filler dries virtually transparent. That means that every bit of the wood’s color (stained or not) comes through brilliantly. Filling the wood grain before top coating, helps to eliminate those distracting little pock marks where the finish didn’t completely fill the pores. Simply rub it in and trowel it off to remove the excess. Paste left behind in the pores will level the surface, so you can lay down a silky, glass smooth finish.
You can tint it with water soluble dyes or just a dab of latex paint colorant (available at most paint stores).
CrystaLac Wood Grain Filler is compatible with most topcoats. It is recommended to check compatibility on a scrap piece of wood before doing an entire project. Shellac cannot be applied over the Grain Filler. Harsh lacquer solvents can melt the filler if applied to heavily.
For Best Results:
Bare wood –
1. Use one to two coats of sanding sealer first to bring out the wet color of the wood.
2. Sand, then apply WGF. You can rub it into the pores with a lint free rag, or brush it onto the surface and trowel off any excess.
3. Thoroughly dry 2 to 4 hours.
4. Sand smooth and remove any sanding dust with a vacuum or compressed air. Wipe with a damp cloth (water only) and reapply as needed.
5. Do a final sanding and then apply your choice of CrystaLac Top Coat.
Another option is to use Its "Knot" Shellac first. This is a Clear Stain and Tannin Blocking Sealer. It Penetrates & Seals Wood Grain Fibers creating a waterproof barrier. Can be used on bare wood as well as under paints and under top coats. All the benefits of Shellac but it's "knot". This is an easy to use water based formula that can be brushed or sprayed and will not yellow or amber over time. Use 2 or more coats.
Stained Wood –
General Staining -
1. Use It's "Knot" Shellac to minimize grain raise, block tannins, and to provide an overall even, non-blotchy coverage for the stain as a pre-stain conditioner.
2. Stain bare wood as directed. (If using a solvent or oil based stain, allow ample time for it to thoroughly dry making sure all solvents have evaporated and oils have cured. We suggest using a water based stain for a much quicker and more environmentally safe process.) Try out our pre-made Gel Stains:
3. After staining, apply WGF.
4. Sand and reapply if necessary. You can stain over the WGF if any of the stain was sanded off initially. Apply a topcoat and you’re done.