Advantages Very Quick Drying
Disadvantages The Price
Having recently moved house I've been rather busy on the DIY / decorating front and have stumbled across a product which is new to me.Traditionally I've always used Polyfilla powder which needs to be mixed with water to the required consistency prior to use. However I've now discovered ready mixed Polyfilla in a tube. But not only is it ready mixed, you can also buy a quick drying version, this is the one I used.
APPEARANCEMade by Polycell, "Quick Drying Polyfilla", comes in a 330g tube, a bit similar to a giant tube of toothpaste. The tube is white and blue with a red and yellow tick on the front and naturally the product name, it has a blue cap.
WHERE CAN I GET IT ?Most DIY stores and local hardware stores sell it. I got mine from B&Q for £2.98 only to discover it on special offer in Wilkinsons two days later for £1.98, Grrrrrrrrr !
HOW TO USEBefore using any sort of filler for cracks or holes it's best to do a little preparation first.
- First, ensure that the surface / crack to be filled is dry and free from loose material. Otherwise the filler may not adhere.- If you are filling a surface which has visible nail or screw heads, dab a touch of oil based paint on them (something like gloss or model paint will do). This is because filler doesn't stick to metal too well.
- Before filling a crack I prefer to rake it out a little bit more, with the corner point of a scraper, to form a v-shaped groove, as this helps the filler adhere better.YEH YEH THAT'S THE PREP, BUT HOW DO YOU USE IT ?
Before use it's best to knead the tube between your fingers for about half a minute to get the filler 'moving'. After removing the cap you have to cut the end of the nozzle off with a sharp knife. I would recommend cutting this at a slight angle, as it makes the filler easier to use.For filling cracks simply squeeze the filler directly into the crack and level off with a filling knife or a scraper, keeping the knife / scraper as flat to the surface as possible. A useful tip here is to wet the knife / scraper prior to use as this stops it sticking to the filler too much.
For filling holes you simply squeeze the filler directly into the hole and as above level off with a filling knife or scraper. Hole filling is a major advantage this product has over conventional 'powder and water fillers' as it's so easily directed out of the tube.Another useful tip when filling holes, concerns old screw holes. Often after removing the screw (maybe from a shelf bracket) the wall plug is still left in the hole, sometimes protruding from the surface. To remove the wall plug simply screw the screw back in about a quarter of the way and then pull it out with a claw hammer, which should remove both the screw and the plug.
After filling the crack / hole this product, as it's name suggest does dry very quickly, in any time ranging between 5 to 20 minutes depending on the depth / surface area filled. Should the filler be slightly proud of the surface you have just filled, you simply need to lightly sandpaper the surface until it is smooth and level.
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