Rated 2.5 out of 5 by 20
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Robo Not what I was expecting
This product is very thick. So thick I couldn't really use the putty knife to smack on the wall. Takes 48 hours to dry.
August 31, 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 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 ScubaSteve These people don't know what they are talking about...
This stuff is AWESOME! I was previously using wood filler and putty to fill nail holes in newly installed trim which shrank and took forever to complete and was quite messy...
This stuff works so much better than those listed above for filling little holes before paint is applied. I pushed the putty into the holes until it was completely filled. While keeping pressure on the bulk material still in my hand I pushed it over the newly filled hole with my thumb and slid a thin flexible putty knife between my thumb and the trim which resulted in a perfectly flush little patch. If you don't keep pressure on the patch with the bulk material in your hand it will bubble up because the putty knife will stick to the blade and make it convex. Doing it as I've described will result in no sanding, no shrinking, and no mess.
I highly recommend this product to anyone who needs to fill a lot of nail holes quickly. I filled close to 100 varying sized nail holes in door casings and base boards that had a lot of curvature in under 30 minutes. My only advice to new users of this product is to be sure to apply it before painting the trim. It does not stick very well to previously painted latex trim...
March 1, 2013
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 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