What's best filler for screw holes on plywood lapstreak ?

by Mark
(kintnersville Pa)

I have a 1963, 15" Carver, Mahogany plywood, lapstreak runabout that has never been in the water.

Garage kept,virgin.

Due to age the paint was craked throughout the entire hull,so I stripped the bottom and cleaned out every screw hole.

Snuged up any loose bronze screws and now I'm ready to fill hundreds of holes and I want to do it with the best product.

Also is there any special presealer or prep you could recommend.

Thank You,


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Apr 05, 2011
counter sunk
by: Mark

The screws are counter sunk approx 3/16 to a1/4 " on average.

There is some splintering arounnd the holes.

I would just like to fill them once (properley) and be done with it.

Thank you Mark

Mar 30, 2011
West System
by: Phildan

West system epoxy with 404 powder .

Mar 29, 2011
by: Anonymous

As the screws are in plywood they won?t be countersunk deeply so you just need a bit of filler for cosmetic reasons.

You can mix wood dust with epoxy, or brummer stopping, or a wood putty.

There are a variety of marine 'plastic wood' products that come in different colors and can be varnished and painted but some of them purport to stick to metal as well as wood.

But you might want to avoid anything that is going to stick too well to the screw heads as you might just need to get them out sometime.

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