I'm having some old wooden windows restored. They currently have a dark stain with (the remains of) a transparent finish, and in an ideal world I'd want to stay with that. However the wood is in bad shape in some areas and will end up with some filler to patch decayed areas.
Is a transparent stain and finish going to look terrible? I'm not expecting perfection, but I don't want them to look like crap. Do I just need to bite the bullet and accept either paint or an opaque stain? Can anyone point me to some pictures? (I've tried googling for images but have not had much luck.)