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Crystalac Wood Grain Filler

Discussion in 'Veneering' started by chicago, May 24, 2015.

  1. chicago

    chicago Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    I have used this filler on walnut and it worked very well.

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    It is not a 'miracle one application' filler, but it dries clear and is durable. Here are links to more info:

    "This stuff is CRYSTALAC Clear Waterborne Wood Grain Filler. Apply it and rub it off before it dries. It is not as nasty looking as the oil based stuff. It is colorless. Sand it out to the same grit you have sanded the wood to. It will not change the color of the wood at all. If you stain after this using TRANSTINT, put the TRANSTINT in alcohol. After it dries sand it down and finish it. This stuff is better to me...the oil based stuff is dark and nasty looking."
    (you have to scroll down to find this info on the above page or just do a Find for Crystalac and that should take to this info. Lots of other info on the page as well.)

    Amazon Reviews
    (You gotta watch out for Amazon rip offs: The first 'choice' is usually the most expensive. In this case your first choice is Rockler - $31.49 + $7.99 s/h = $39.48. If you select the '4 new from $24.50' link, you will be able to order it from the Crystalac company for - $24.50 + $5.99 s/h = $30.49. Which would you choose? Thought so.:old:)

    Anyway, someone may want to check this filler out. I also tried to find the info on the manufacturer, but could not.

    Gracie!
     
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  2. Alex Lane

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    Good stuff! I used this filler on a burl maple table top and went directly from grain filler to aquazar and got a really cloudy looking finish. Sanded off the aquazar and applied zinsser seal coat shellac before reapplying aquazar. Now it looks amazing with that great chattoyance :ok:
     
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    Just googled them and they have a surprisingly large product line. Linky
    They currently charge $27 for a quart. And free shipping on orders over $25!
     
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    I've always used Por-pac for furniture or I fill with shellac and pumice powder. This Crystalac looks interesting.
     
  5. chicago

    chicago Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Not sure if this is a change by the CrystaLac folks, but they now note the following:

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    The last paragraph is the killer, for me anyway. Many years ago when I first began filling pores with this product I do not think this reaction was true, but those were test boards only. What is do recall for sure was that the pores still took a long time to fill with this product. I have ordered a Solarez product to fill pores with and will begin a thread on this after I have tested it out.

    Thanks!
     
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    I tried this- still have most of it
     
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    chicago Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Have you tried it on veneer or something else?
     
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    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Being a Prime member I'd choose Amazon, $31.48+free shipping. Costs you $112 a year but I probably save $1000 on shipping everything I order 2 day delivery guaranteed. With the new Amazon warehouse in Jacksonville, 60 miles away a bunch of it arrives in under 12 hours for free
     
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    a walnut box. It was on recommendation of a turner that used to be here. I hated it.
     
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    barry richardson Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    I bought some about that same time Mike, I think based on the same recommendation. I tried it first on a mahogany box I was making, I found it hard to determine when it was sanded off... till I put the finish on, then it appeared as dull milky patches where it wasn't completely sanded down. Tried it on a couple of turnings too, with kinda the same problems, I would have probably tried to stick it out and get through the learning curve, but I found using it deadened the chatoyance of the wood noticeably. Haven't used it since, its probably gone bad by now.... I have also found that water based poly kills chatoyance the same way. probably a good product cabinet makers who aren't that concerned about how pretty the wood is....
     
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    Had the same problem and by the time i got it sanded all off i needed to fill again. Finally i got it done. It went in reject pile. The dtails had been sanded too much and it showed. My is probably bad also. But i will keep it. Rminds me to stick to what i know. Old dogs do not need new tricks, well at least ones ghat do not work.
     
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    chicago Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Barry, took a look at some of your sculpture work. Totally awesome.

    You may recall that years ago we had a chat about making candle holders.
     
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    barry richardson Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    Yea, I've been waiting on the specs,.... for years:sofa:
     
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    chicago Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    That's all water under the bridge. Not to worry. We have better things to do. :good2:
     
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