Easy sand wall filler
I have a Posterous blog where I have regularly posted information about decorating products and works in progress. Some things improve, the more you use them, others don’t deliver as at first thought.
When asked some time ago about the easiest filler for sanding, I suggested Polyfilla / Polycell powder wall filler, or Halls Beeline filler if you wanted economical and OK filler. I strongly advised on avoiding home brand rubbish at the DIY stores – unless you want to risk it.
This all still holds true, however I have since converted over completely to Toupret fillers. This was certainly not based on price, as they tend to be quite expensive per kilo. The reason was performance guaranteed for every filling occasion. The French are fanatical about preparation, and this is reflected in Toupret fillers from the finest surface fillers to spray on skim coats.
Toupret all-purpose filler is TX110
The “stuff in the black bag” as a colleague used to call it. If you allow time for it to stiffen up between fills, you can pad it out to any depth in theory. An inch is the deepest so far, and no issues with crazing.
(I was told it is as strong as Polycell Deep Hole, a 2-pack filler that really does work filling over nail heads that pop normal plaster right off. I haven’t bothered trying to prove this fairly outrageous Toupret claim. Maybe on my own home!)
After 3 hours dryng, Toupret TX110 sands like a dream.
On the downside, dusty isn’t the half of it, and Toupret filler is a definite candidate for vacuum extraction kit. It’s all that marble dust, see 🙂
This leads me on to Abranet which I also referred to in the same breath as Polyfilla.
Easy and sand – not necessarily two words that go together easily for most DIY decorators. However, there is a simple sanding solution for any keen DIY-ers and serious trade professionals alike – the Abranet starter kit.
Unlike my abandonment of Polyfilla, I stick by Abranet, nearly 3 years on. It is astounding the number of decorators now catching on to this sanding system.
I did come across a few flaws in Abranet and extractor pads under really heavy use, but between a few heads, we came up with a solution – punching extra holes in the paper to reduce clogging. The Mirka guys didnt like the sound of this, as it goes against all their marketing bumf. But hey, it works for us and we are still buying it by the bucket load from Abranet suppliers Trade Decorating Supplies.
Sanding standards are definitely on the up with Mirka kit, and with super pro craftsmen like Wayne de Wet behind Toupret fillers, one day maybe decorating preparation work will be respectable right across the board!
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