Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 19
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DonP Label Very Misleading
The front label says "for filling nail holes, dents and cracks in wood surfaces". This product is not sand-able in 48 hours. I was expecting to be able to sand in a reasonable drying time. The front label says "exceptional paintability". The back label In the very small print that I needed a magnifying glass to read says paintable with latex based paint. But to read on you find out that you have to prime it first with an oil base paint.
April 17, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DTHOU Do not expect to use qucikly for patching nail holes in trim and moldings
Product should be labeled more clearly - I thought I was getting something to quickly patch small finishing nail holes in trim moldings and prime over maybe 30 or so minutes later.
This is useless as a patch if you expect to use it an any reasonable amount of time following application and also is not sandable. If you do not wish to wait days or even a week before you can paint over it then don't use this product.
Don't do what I did and use it and later figure out it doesn't dry as you'd expect a patch to. I used and ended up having to blow out all of it with compressed air and clean off with paint thinner so I could re-do it with a product with dries fast and actually get the job done and prime in an afternoon.
I can see it only being good for applications that could shift some and require flexibility, thicker consistency for molding into shape than say elastomeric, no need to sand after application and no need to paint for days afterwards. Good luck with these requirements unless maybe you need to set glass in older wooden sash windows or other legacy glazing work.
April 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by imladyred Does what it's supposed to do!
Painter's Putty was introduced to me by a professional painter. You take a small piece of the putty, roll it to shape you want it to be, put it in place, then paint over it. It MUST be painted over. It is not wood filler, it's not meant to be wood filler. If the directions are followed and used in the manner this product was designed for, it works great. I have used it fill nail holes on crown molding, etc., and it works great. For a nail hole in a regular wall, I'd use wood filler.
July 22, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GaryWasher Read the fine print carefully!!!
This is NOT a general purpose filler for wood or anything else. It is for filling very small holes or cracks in wood. It must be painted within 48 hours for small holes or cracks. It can also be used as glazing, although I do NOT recommend it for that purpose. If used for glazing, you must wait up to 2 weeks before priming! Use a specialized glazing material for that instead.
This requires a specialized handling procedure which results in a material that never fully hardens, in order to remain flexible and provide a good seal over wide temperature variations. Read all of the fine print on the container before using.
The main problem I have with this product is the labeling, which does not effectively warn the user of the very long setting times. If you do not specifically know what this product does and need that usage, do not buy it. There are many more suitable products for general purpose work.
January 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by southplank Make sure this is what you need...
I really hated this stuff. Mainly because it was suggested to me as better than Spackle. If your application would benefit from a putty, then this is for you. It is a linseed oil based putty pretty much identical to glazier putty. You can shape it, stuff it somewhere and smooth it, but don't expect it to work nice and thin like regular Spackle. If you are fixing small cracks, scratches or very tiny depressions, stick to spackling compound. This stuff will just aggravate you for delicate sheet rock repairs. I think this would work well on exterior wood imperfections before painting or replacing glass in an old single pane window.
August 26, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by FrustratedDIY Painter's Putty 53 - Horrible for filling nail holes in Crown Molding
Putty shrank and left nail holes visible; Takes forever to dry; not sand able; poor substitute for wood filler
December 30, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DIYinOH Impossible to work with.
This is the consistency of silly putty (hence the name), which makes it really really hard to work with. It won't spread with a knife. It takes 7+ days to fully dry/cure. It leaves your hands and the surface oily. It can't be sanded.
I'm REALLY struggling to find a use for this stuff. Run of the mill patch filler works 100 times better, 10 times faster, and is just as cheap.
I tried to fill some large holes with the putty, planning on a small once over with joint compound to smooth it out... but it never really cured after 5 days. So I had to scrape it all out and stuff the hole with joint compound anyways.
I would avoid this one.
December 31, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JefTex It is what it is....
If you need to fill nail holes or small defects in wood this works great.
If you're wanting to use it for joint compound or large fill holes or cracks
find something else more suited. To the "professional" had to ask a home depot
employee anything, I would disregard his comment immediately.
DAP® Painter’s Putty’53’® is a smooth, easy-working putty designed for the special needs of professional painters.
It is ideal for filling small holes and cracks in interior or exterior surfaces such as baseboards,
windowsills and woodwork. It has exceptional adhesion and resists oil bleeding. DAP® Painter’s Putty ‘53’®may also be used to glaze wooden window sashes.
**Product should be tooled and finished while wet, as product will not
sand well. Allow skin to form before painting.
October 19, 2014