Rated 2.5 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Quixotic Follow the directions, folks
Those rating this product with one star please rethink. Those looking here for ideas about how well this putty works, keep reading. I worked for a contractor/carpenter completing many projects that included finish carpentry around doors and windows and baseboard. We used lots of this product with no problem.
Granted, the boss was a professional with many years experience but as a rawboned rookie I learned to use the putty with a little practice. It will work for you if you take the time to READ the instructions and FOLLOW them. What's the first item in the instructions? "1) Stain and topcoat before applying putty." The newer containers even have " before" underlined, probably because Minwax was getting too many complains from users not following the directions. As pointed out by other posters this stuff is not a wood filler for large spots or flooring, and can not be sanded. Use this only as the last step in your installation over nail heads. This material is designed to stay soft for a reason: it will not shrink or crack over the long haul. That's what you want over your nail holes. Once more for the record: only use this putty at the end!
Another advantage with this putty is the ability to mix colors to get a custom tint to blend with your finish. A little practice and you'll get it under control. Practice, practice, practice on stained and varnished (topcoat) material first.
If it doesn't meet your needs take it back to HD (you kept your receipt, right?) and ask for something that will work. Good luck.
February 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYr4evR Works great on brad nail holes
I used this product while refinishing some solid oak kitchen cabinets. I removed the original cabinet door knobs which had filigree style backplates that were secured with small brads at the top and bottom. After removing this hardware I cleaned the cabinet doors with an oil soap, filled the holes with the Minwax putty and then sanded with progressively finer grit until mirror smooth. The golden oak color putty matched exactly with the Minwax golden oak stain I applied and it blended in perfectly.
May 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LawrenceB Know what it's good for
I have used this product extensively for pre-finished hardwood flooring. It is excellent for filling minor cracks between boards. This is where the "will not harden" statement is so important. Hardwood floors experience seasonal expansion and contraction, primarily across the width of the boards (not the length). And because pre-finished hardwood flooring, as good as some brands are, is not perfect, you need to fill the occasional minor space between boards. Once these spaces are filled this soft product it's permanent and flexible. If you mistakenly tried to use a hardening wood filler for this purpose you'd have to refill the same cracks after every heating season.
August 12, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Kevin Description unclear at best.
When it says non-hardening, my immediate assumption is that it has a long shelf life. Because it's called wood putty. Not that it will never harden even after applied. Can't figure out when you would want a product that was permanently soft. I also question whether or not it's paintable. I can't think a soft play dough consistency would ever make an ideal surface for paint. Now I have to figure out how to clean this out of all the cracks, nail holes and crevices. And if real wood putty will stick to whatever is remaining.
February 3, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DonT Does not harden
The problem is the size of the type on the label. I could not read with my glasses (in store light), but when I got home with a jewelers loupe. If I could of read "does not harden" or "stain and topcoat first" I never of purchased.
February 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bucko Use as Intended!
This is a PUTTY, meant to cover small holes and cracks; it goes on AFTER the wood has been finished. It is NOT a filler and WILL NOT DRY, so if you think you can use this on unfinished wood, be prepared for a rude awakening. As a putty it works exceptionally well and is significantly easier to apply than a standard wax crayon. It needs to come in more colors but the available blends were close enough to hide the bulk of the brad holes. Much faster to apply and wipe clean than the crayons, easy to work with, inexpensive and a little goes a long way.
October 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Doninkf Read the directions before you buy this
This does not harden and it says so right on the label. This product was excellent for me for covering brad heads and very small spots that would otherwise distract from my home made cabinets. An excellent product for a limited range of uses. This is not filler. Filler is for cracks and blemishes.
Easy to work with and excess can be sanded off the next day if you put a little too much on. Good color that is slightly darker when you first apply it.
August 23, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by detredwingsfan Not good for anything.
Label says it is for Nail Holes. Not sure what kind of nail holes since it did not work for any nail holes that I made. I prefer the crayon sticks, they seem to work most of the time. This putty also dries quickly in the jar after you open it. Obviously the lid does not seal. If you don't use it right after you open the jar, might as well throw it away or return it.
June 24, 2013