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Fixing skirting with plugs - dark rings around plugs?

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by russella, 10 Jan 2011.

  1. russella

    russella

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    Hi all,

    I'm trying to fit some solid oak skirting using a screw digger and plug cutter - I've been able to cut the holes and screw the boards to the wall. The trouble is, when I did a test piece I fitted a plug and when I applied finishing oil (Colron) over the top of it I got a black ring show up around the plug! :S

    Anyone got any ideas about this?

    Thanks in advance,

    Russ
     
  2. Deluks

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    Try colron on the plug, and let it cure before fixing. Oil will always highlight deeper areas, gouges, scratches etc.
     
  3. steve61

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    I reckon this is caused either by a ring of glue around the plug, or, more likely a slight burn mark from using the screw digger.

    In your shoes I would get another test piece and try cutting the hole for the plug with various cutters, maybe a sharp flat bit, auger bit, etc. and see the results.

    Steve :)
     
  4. big-all

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    dont forget the tannin in oak will react with the steel in screws and possibly the countersink if theres any moisture/dampness and cause black
    you should realy be using brass or stainless screws especialy if its damp
     
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