Hello Everyone. A common question that keeps popping up is, "What do I use to grain fill my wood, Do I need to grain fill, and How do I grain fill?" 1. Do I need to grain fill? Grain filling is a fine finishing technique. Open pore wood like Ash and Mohoghany have grain with larger voids in the surface. If you want a flat, wet glass finish, you have to fill these voids(pores) with something. If you do not, your finish will have a textured appearence following the grain. 2. What do I use to grain fill? There are lots of techniques to grain fill wood, and lots of commercially available fillers. - Pumice Technique - Often used in french polishing. Search French Polish - Slurry technique - wet sanding with a sealer or clear coat. Often used in oil based finishes. - CA Glue - Often used on figured woods. - Epoxy - Common method, Zpoxy is a typical product. - Water Based Fillers - Timbermate - Solvent based fillers - Behlens Pore O Pac - Apply sealer, sand flush, repeat until the grain is all level. Which solution is the best? Depends. They are all time consuming, and they are all fairly easy to do. Some fillers are expensive like solvent based fillers, and some require special application procedures like pumicing. Some are flat out messy, like the epoxy and CA glue method. Some have nasty fumes like solvent based, CA GLue, epoxy, slurry, and sealer, while some have not odors or fumes like water based. Which you choose to use is up to you, and which one you like better is completely dependant on how you like to approach the situation. 3. How do I grain fill? Solvent Based Grain Filler - Behlens Pore O Pac Apply Sealer, Sand flush repeat - The above link also illustrates proper prep work and procedure for applying a spray on sealer. The remainder of this thread will focus on another grain filling technique.