If you're using Elmer's Stainable Wood Filler on a visible area, you'll want to test the wood filler before applying. To do so, use a scrap piece of wood and drill a series of holes in it like we have here. Next, we're going to apply the wood filler with a putty knife, making sure we fill that hole very well, and then scrape off any excess. Next, we're going to allow that to dry, and you'll be able to tell if it's dried thoroughly. You can gently touch the wood filler, and if there's any indentation, then you probably need a little bit more dry time.
The next thing we're going to do is gently sand with a light grit of sandpaper. Next will be a medium grit of sandpaper, and finally, our most coarse grit of sandpaper. You want to sand those fillers down to the surface of the wood. We have here next, we're going to use our stain according to label instructions. And the reason for the different grits of sandpaper is each grit will allow for a different stain to be absorbed into the filler. We're going to allow this to dry thoroughly because you're going to look at the different colors of the wood fillers and pick out the one that best fits your project and be able to use the same grit on your project when you complete it. For more information about Elmer's hardware products, go to Elmers.com or Youtube.com/ElmersBrands.