Hi, all -
Quick question - I am going to be painting a BB ply surface soon but there are a couple of surface damage spots I'd like to fix so they don't telegraph through milk paint. I've successfully used nail hole filler / spackle under paint at home (drywall), but I've never really though about how to (almost) skim coat a wood surface to fill damage prior to paint. I have a can of Durham's rock hard water putty that I use for nail holes and the like, but the can specifically says, "Do not use in a thin paint-like layer," which is essentially what I'd like to do.
Anyone done anything like this? Any recommendations? I used an unknown brand of wood filler once to correct a small crack between mitered joints of baseboard molding, and it...ahem...inhaled deeply. Would not like to use it again. Is the Minwax any better? I really think I'm looking for something like a drywall mud that I can scrape fairly level and then sand before painting.
For reference, the damaged areas range from a tiny crack (I think Durham's would work here) to a small chip out of the top layer. I do not believe I could steam out any of these, as they aren't really dents as much as scratches.