Timbermate issues

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  1. Jim Sams

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    Guys,
    I ma trying to use timbermate wood filler per Flakey's method described here year ago. Basically you liberally wipe on the Timbermate, let it dry over night and then wipe off the excess the next day with a damp cloth.
    My problem is that the filler wipes out of the pores when I wipe it with a damp cloth. Is there a trick to this method or do I need to scrape and sand instead of wiping with a damp cloth?
     
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    My experience is I usually rub it in with a cloth, wait about 20 minutes and remove the excess by scraping across the grain with something like a credit card. After 24 hours I then sand it flat taking care to not remove too much.
     
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    This might be what I need to do. What grit sandpaper do you use? 220?
     
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    I would use 320 or 400, maybe even 500. You're not sanding the wood.
     
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    OK. thanks for the tips.
     
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    You're wiping off ACROSS the grain, right?
     
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    Yes. What type of cloth do you use? I an using and old dishtowel and it is taking the filler right back out. Is it possible I have it too damp?
     
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    I would try a different type of cloth, terrycloth may be part of the problem. Smooth cotton rag might be better
     
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    I don't sand finer than 220, any more than that and it can be polishing more than sanding and cause adhesion problems. IMO
     
  10. Jim Sams

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    reapplied last night and scrapped off excess with hotel card key.
    I'll try again wiping tonight with a T shirt material on half the sample. If that doesn't work, I'll try sanding.
     
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    Tee shirt material works much better.
     
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    Smooth cloth and not too damp. I use paper towels now and make sure you wring out the cloth after every rinse.
     
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    Flakey method might work after all. I think I had the mix too wet and the towels too rough. I think I might need one more coat
     

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