Saturday, January 7, 2012
I've been down the basement till just a little bit ago, sorting out trim. I needed to dig out every piece that goes back into the stairhall on both floors, so they can be shellacked prior to remounting. While I was at it, I filled holes and cracks and gouges with Zar wood filler.
I'd likely still be at it, except I was so clever Wednesday afternoon when I went to the hardware store in New Brighton and bought only a 4 ounce container of the filler. I didn't want it to dry out like my pint pot of it did. Well, that plan worked. It didn't dry out in the plastic pot. No. I ran out first. And way before I'd gone through all the trim pieces, I can tell you. And lot of those big nail holes will need a second application. So I know what I'm going to be doing before the hardware store closes at 2:00 PM.
The biggest problem with sanding is removing too much of the patina. The final finish comes up so much better if it's left on. with it. But it'll help if I give every last piece a sealer coat of untinted buttonlac first. Unlike what I forgot to do on the hallway floor.
Like after I run up to New Brighton tomorrow-- I mean, later today-- for more wood filler.