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Wood Filler Putty for Screw Holes

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I've been looking for a good filler putty for screw holes, and I am coming up a bit blank. Ideally it would be something in a tube that could be squeezed directly into the screw hole and wouldn't require a putty knife to pack in. I don't really care if it's wood based or not.

So far I found these, but figured I'd ask the experts, as I've never done this before. I'll be filling in screw holes from a set of Schaller M6s and the holes from a set of Sperzel locking tuners.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Roberts-3-oz-Brown-Wood-Laminate-and-Vinyl-Putty-PC7725/204846101

https://www.amazon.com/FamoWood-404026-Latex-Filler-Adhesive/dp/B002K9UWHA/

 

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I'd use tiny diameter dowel material and a dabba glue. Use a piece of guitar string as a depth gauge in the hole so you can compare and cut the dowel flush (with wire clippers) before you glue it in. If you err on the high side and the dowel is a touch tall, put masking tape over the glued in dowel nub(s) ... punch through the tape with the dowel overage and file or sand. The tape will protect the finish. If you err on the low side, fill the wee crater(s) with sawdust and a drop of super glue.

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Matchsticks or toothpicks usually do a great job in conjunction with wood glue.

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On 11/30/2017 at 4:32 AM, gorch said:

Matchsticks or toothpicks usually do a great job in conjunction with wood glue.

This is my method too.

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