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Pedal wheel wood filler application.

Pedal wheel is a tool used to help the application of wood filler. Wood filler that serves to fill the wood pores and grains is viscous material. Application of wood filler manually could be tough work, spent lot of time and effort. Then to help the filler application we can use the pedal wheel. Pedal wheel is pedal that could rotate with felts at the tip. When it is operated, the wheel rotates its felts to wipe the filler in a circular motion. It works as the circular motion of the hand in the filler application with cloth, rag or scotch brite. Because it uses the engine power to do the mechanical motion, then the filler applications can be expected to be more consistent with the less manpower.  

How to use the pedal wheel can be watched at the video:


Apply the filler to the wood surface evenly to the surface. We can pour the filler on wood surface or apply the filler using brush or rag. Make sure we put enough filler layer at the surface.
Then turn on the pedal wheel and move it at the surface overall. Let the pedal rotate and the felt spread the filler in the circular motion. Moving the pedal until the filler layering the overall surface, keep to move the pedal until the filler is medium dry, then take off the wheel.
Wipe off the filler excess at the surface with clean rag or steel wool. Make sure clean the surface and the filler is only left inside the pores and grain, no filler is in the surface.
Let the wood filler to dry and then continue with the sealer application as the next finishing process.  

Things to be considered in the uses of pedal wheel.
  • Pedal wheel only can be used to apply the wiping filler. 
The wiping filler is the filler that can be cleaned by wiping without do the sanding operation, (for more explanation you can go to previous article: wiping filler for wood finishing). This kind of wood filler will keep soft and be able to be cleaned by wiping with rag or steel wool. This type of filler is usually applied over a wash coat and applied like a glaze. The filler that require sanding is going to be hard when he is dry and it could damage the felt and scratch the wood surface.
  •   Do not press peddle wheel to the surface.
Wiping filler does not need pressure in its application, the perfectly filling is obtained when the filler can be applied evenly to the overall surface with no missing part. The uniform and consistent circular motion is the important things for the perfect filler applications. Too hard pressure is risk to cause scratches at the wood surface.
  • Do not rotate too fast.
This tool is basically replacing the circular motion as the hand movements in the filler application. Too fast rotating is not necessary, too fast pedal rotation even could make the filler to splattered everywhere and avoid it to fill in the pores and grains. 

keep the pedal wheel to be clean
  • Keep the felt to be elastic and flexible.
The felt is the main part of the device to perform the good result in the filling process. In order to function optimally, he has to be flexible and soft. The felt that is hard will scratch and damage the wood surface. Keep the felt to be clean when it is not being used. The existence of dry filler in the felt would make the felt becomes hard and stiff. Dip the felt in mineral spirits (solvent for wiping filler) when he is not in use.

  • Make sure that we follow the technical data from the filler
Pedal wheel this only helps the filer application. He cannot speed up the drying time of the filler. Make sure we read the technical data and follow the drying time of the wood filler.

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