Rated 1.8 out of 5 by 13
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DIYER Elmers should Un Max this product
Bought a tube of Max thinking it might be better than the original...Not So ! The filler is much thicker and grittier (like sand) than the original and hard to apply. The original Elmers spread evenly and would fill small holes and cracks.
Home Depot should scrap Elmers Max and order the original Elmers in the smaller tube.
July 1, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dogman Compared to Elmers original product this one is horrible
I have used Elmers White wood filler (original formula) many times in the past with excellent results. I bought two tubes of this "new" Elmers white wood filler today and plan on returning the unopened one tomorrow. The old product was smooth and creamy while this one is stiff and gritty and doesn't flow well at all. Almost feels like it has sand in it. Very difficult to use for filling in small gaps. I tried using it to fill in small nail holes in white painted moulding but turns out it's not really white either and every nail hole sticks out like a sore thumb. Not like the old stuff. It even plugged up in the nozzle after only about 5 minutes of use. Had to keep using a nail to keep it open and even then very difficult to squeeze out. They should have stuck with the old stuff. Much better product.
June 9, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Kentav8r Desired Results Hard to Achive
I saw this in the store and thought that the tube would be a cleaner alternative to traditional wood putty/filler. The product was difficult to work with and truthfully created more of a mess than I expected. The directions say to "apply with a putty knife" and I did just as they say; couldn't get a smooth, even application, resulting in lots of overage. I don't recommend this product, having been building furniture for 10+ years, this would be HIGHLY NOT RECOMENDED for a novice, you'll be so frustrated you'll never wood work again.
January 19, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CTbuilder What does "max" mean?
The original Elmer's wood filler is great. This stuff went right into the garbage can!
June 11, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JohnB Not white. Hard to get smooth.
I've been using Wunderfil oak color to fill nails heads prior to painting (push it in and wipe it smooth with a wet sponge). But, I just installed prefinished trim and wanted something that wouldn't require repainting. I felt as though the nearly $7 for this was a lot of money, but it's available today, so I coughed it up. First observation: it is really hard to get it out of the tube - almost like it's dried up. 2nd: it's gritty and doesn't spread easily, nor stick. 3rd: it isn't really white when it dries, more of a dirty.antique white. I don't do this very often, but I'm gonna take it back opened - it's that bad. I wish I had checked the reviews first.
July 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GregS Easy and works well
I don't know why most of the reviews here are so poor for this product. I've used this for many different "quick fixes," and it has worked great! I do admit, the tube can be somewhat problematic if you need to fill a large hole or smooth out a large surface, but on the other hand it is also nice for those smaller, pinpoint spots like nail holes and the like.
First off, let me start out by saying that, yes, there is some grit in this putty. While I honestly have no idea why, exactly, I think it helps hold the paint better, and creates a tiny bit of structure to help hold the stuff together. Again, no expert on wood putty grit, but that would be my guess anyways. Also, it's not like you're rolling putty with gravel mixed in - it's smaller than sand, so honestly it's really no big deal unless you're excessively picky.
I have used this putty to cover up all sorts of holes and blemishes in several apartment buildings I have lived. I used it to smooth over a dent in the wall that was caused from an angry fist hitting the wall (hey, we've all been there at one point or another, right?). Keep in mind that I say dent - not hole. For a hole that size, you're going to need something a lot beefier than even the best putty. But, I gobbed a bunch of this over the dent, took out the 'ol putty knife, and it worked great. You can still make out the dent, but I would place more blame on the fact that I only had a 1" putty knife to apply it, instead of the putty. If I had a larger putty knife, I think it could have been evened out perfectly with no problems.
I also had one of those dry-erase boards stuck on the wall with the included sticky pads. In the haste of moving, I pulled the dry-erase board off the wall - and with it some of the paint. I used this putty to smooth over the missing paint marks, and made it nice and smooth. The wall was textured slightly, so I used an old stiff-bristle brush to tap in some texture. Add a quick coat of paint or two, and honestly, you have to look pretty closely to see where the fix is.
While moving from the same apartment, I took down my surround-sound speaker system, and needed something to patch the holes in the wall from the screws. So, I broke out the handy dandy tube of this stuff, plugged the holes, and smoothed it out with the trusty putty knife. Before it dried, I got an old rag, got it wet, and did a quick wipe over the patched holes to remove the excess around the edges. Cleanup went great, and the holes stayed plugged nicely and look great. The next day, hit it with a quick dab of paint and the roller, and bam, suddenly no holes! This technique also works perfectly on smaller holes, like thumbtacks. I had a nice section of wall that had several thumbtack holes concentrated in an area - just squeeze some putty onto the knife and do as above. Problem solved, quickly and easily.
At my new apartment, I have used this stuff to patch up existing holes and have had absolutely no problems whatsoever. Just slap some product on, level out with a putty knife using an X motion, and wipe away any excess with a damp cloth and light pressure; allow to dry, and paint. Honestly, I don't understand why so many negative reviews!
My only real complaint would be that the cap doesn't screw on all that well, and is easy to overtighten - in which case it starts to strip the threading and will just keep turning. This will make it so the tube will dry out. Still, I had one tube last me about 2.5 years for small, random fixes around the place before I finally had to toss it due to being too dried out. In hindsight, the old "nail in the nozzle" trick would likely work pretty well, I'd wager, much like one would do for a tube of caulk.
Also, cost - but then again, if it works, it's worth it.
My down-and-dirty final answer: Yes, I would recommend this product. Honestly, never mind the negative reviews, for your general around-the-house quick fixes, this stuff is what you need.
March 7, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Beard Waste of money
Go for the original Elmer's wood filler, this tube version is absolute garbage.
November 21, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CaIke Not worth using
I have used elmers wood fillers a lot over the years but this new formula is junk. Granted if your filling in something 1/8 inch or shallower it will work great but for holes, seam gaps or filling in countersunk nail holes it is a poor choice. It does shrink, crack and chip easily. It does not set up properly. Once the surface cures the rest will not cure. I have a project that has sat for 5 days and the surface is set but the depth of the fill is still wet. Once the surface cures the water in the product will not wick out and dry making for a very weak patch. Even when cured ANY moisture will ruin the fill by washing out the bonding compound and leaving just the ceramic micro-spheres. It also doesn't stain well. This is a huge disappointment from a company I used to trust for the best wood working products available. They need to trash this product and go back to what worked. The only way to get this to work for any sizable fill job is to apply it in 1/8 inch or less layers and hope it bonds to itself well.
November 24, 2012