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Old 05-19-2007, 06:13 AM   #21
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I use Sherwin Williams 955A Latex Caulk on wood to drywall and seams that are to be painted only. It's durable and expands and contracts with the season. You can paint right away. On nail holes I use Minwax stainable filler, for painting only. It does not absorb stain likes it says it does, but it makes a great filler because of its sanndy texture. On stain jobs I fill the holes with something thats matches after the wood has been stained.
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Old 05-21-2007, 07:10 PM   #22
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Dap 33 is awsome under oil paint but I found out the hard way it yellows latex paint, even latex primmer! I used to realy like the lightweight spakle that goes on pink and dries white but I can't find it anymore. I've been using various brands of easy sand lightweight non shrink fillers. there all about the same except The stuff pictured early in this thread is not, in my opinion, easy to sand, I tried it on some crown moulding! It's more like a latex version of the old miracle wood stuff. I always overfill a bit and sand when it's dry but had a painter tell me he smooths the lightweight spakle out with his finger and paints it without sanding when it dries!
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I agree with daparsonshsc.
I prefer to stain wood first, then match the color with the available stain sticks. In some cases, I have used childrens crayons and it seems to work well. I just push it in and wipe smooth with a damp cloth. When doing it this way, you do not want to use anything abrasive on the wood as you will just mess up the area surrounding the hole.
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This works great for me. Just wipe in with your finger, dries quick, almost don't have to sand at all........
http://www.sherlink.com/sher-link/ca...lyDetails=true

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Sure, slap it up, bang it full of holes and then HOPE the painter is going to do a good job of filling YOUR holes before he paints. I know that in a lot of areas, the painter is expected to fill the holes...however, my contention would be "Why would you trust someone else to do that?" If he does a crappy job, it's a reflection on your work as well as his.

Just my .02 worth, but I'm not trusting my work to anyone else.
I say it's the painter's job because on my jobs it is the painter's job. When I hire them I make sure it's part of the contract. If they do a
sh-ty job filling then they go back and do it again, and again, and again if necessary then they get paid.
If you don't know the painter or you don't hire the painter (My job - My sub) then yes use the smallest nails suitable for the trim and then fill I like "MH Patch" (red and black can) if not available lightweight spackle.
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Many times we are the painters as most contractors don't want to be bothered with just a little base & case in a bath or two.
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Lately I have been using Dap "Plastic Wood" and havent had any problems

http://www.dap.com/product_details.aspx?product_id=69

plus it smells real nice
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Everything seems to shrink some what.

That is the main problem, needs 2 coats
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I use the pink dap spackle
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I like using caulk, but it always shrinks up and has to be done again.

I typically use spackle out in the field because shrinkage is minimal, getting your job done faster.
I don't use sandpaper on spackle, I just normally run a damp rag across it, cleans right up, ready for paint.
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it can go both ways, sometimes a painter is so good, they want to fill the holes. i am always wondering the BEST stuff to use to fill holes. if i use the wrong stuff and the painter complains to me that they shrunk etc. then i look bad. THE PAINTER is fully responsible for the finished product looking smooth with no signs of a nail anywhere. if he can't do that, then he's not a real quality painter. I rarely fill nail holes unless it's a small project that I have to finish myself. I hate painting. priming I do no problems but I hate painting. I only paint at my house.
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on nice jobs I'll use a SW spackeling paste, comes in a small tub. by the time I fill, wipe, caulk (in the case of crown, casing or base) and it's a warm enough day, make the second trip around the room and touch up. I've got the touch and usually leave it frationally proud the first time, so when it's time to paint a light sanding knocks it down. Be sure to get the sandable version.

I started off with using the same caulk I caulk the edges of the trim (SW 950, 850 or Alex 230 is my #1 choice in a tube) to fill the nail holes, but it's not sandable and generally not the right product for nail holes....I've learned, it doesn't look good enough in my book.
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Plastic wood for me too...love snorting that stuff
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I've always used plastic wood myself but after reading these posts I am gonna try the Glazing compound as the PW shrinks quite a bit........... Thanks
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Sure, slap it up, bang it full of holes and then HOPE the painter is going to do a good job of filling YOUR holes before he paints. I know that in a lot of areas, the painter is expected to fill the holes...however, my contention would be "Why would you trust someone else to do that?" If he does a crappy job, it's a reflection on your work as well as his.

Just my .02 worth, but I'm not trusting my work to anyone else.
If the painter is so bad that he can't fill nail holes, then it really doesn't matter what your job looks like because he will also do a lousy paint job. I fill and caulk outside to be weather tight. Most painters I talk to are very specific about what THEY like to use.
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Dap "33" glazing compound. Just rub a little in the nail hole and you can paint over it almost right away! Doesn't shrink or crack!
Have to agree with Luke's Dad, The Professionals use glazing compound. I have been in the painting industry for over 30 years and Glazing compound is the only way to go.
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Seems to be nicer on latex products then '33

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