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Old 11-02-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
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What Wood Filler Would Work Best ?


Painting MDF with semi-gloss enamel , which filler would be best for this ?

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Old 11-05-2010, 11:44 AM   #2
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Re: What Wood Filler Would Work Best ?


I think the best wood filler/repair product is the epoxy stuff you get in a caulk tube set-up from most paint stores, I forget what it is called, just go into the local SW and ask about it.
Other than that I always have used Bondo

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Painting MDF with semi-gloss enamel , which filler would be best for this ?

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What exactly are you filling? Nail holes? Epoxy? Bondo? Seriously? Honest question here. If its nail holes, simple shrink free spackle would be fine, light sand for a flush finish.
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Also believe it or not. Depending on the color of what you spraying. Crayons wax works wonders also just make sure you do not dig it out when wiping off. It doesn't shrink
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for big patches such as repairing big gouges in old doors or electrical boxes that were in the baseboards, i use bondo
for small stuff i was using drydex but found it dries out and cracks. our painter turned me onto glazing compound, it doesnt dry out or shrink. and as long as oil based primer is used its mint
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I second the motion on Bondo. Stinks bad, but sands easy...wear a mask
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Fixall works great ,inexpensive, no smell, has adhesive, water based so it penetrates and has wood fillers, even looks like it in color. Apply Tite bond II 50:50 dilutes w. h2o, over it as a bond/sealer after it drys if it is large patch. Bondo I have had less success with. as it does not penetrate as good, and has no wood products in it.
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MDF is garbage, use an easy sand spackle or you might rip into the MDF while sanding
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MDF is garbage, use an easy sand spackle or you might rip into the MDF while sanding
Only when cheap HO's put it up.
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...MDF is a great building material and there are places for it and places not for it. You have to know how and where to use it just like any other building products. If you really want to get into it, Pine blows on all aspects, it sucks at taking paint, moves a crap load and you look at it the wrong way and it dents/dings/splinters. MDF is superior to Pine in all those aspects, only place I won't use it is high humidty areas....

as far as I am concerned if you want something better then MDF you have to step up to at least Poplar.
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Sherwin Williams Shrink-Free, DAP Fast N Final, DAP CrackShot, or Elmers Wood Filler. All sands easy, all can be knifed on flats. Fast N Final and SW Shrink-Free are lightweight foam-like. DAP Crackshot and Elmers are more like thinner drywall mud.
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I've had a lot of luck with Crackshot by DAP. Super easy to work with and sand spackling paste.
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I've had a lot of luck with Crackshot by DAP. Super easy to work with and sand spackling paste.
Yep. CrackShot is nice. I use all of them on a regular basis on MDF. CrackShot and Elmers are better for larger and deeper fills but they all work great for nail holes. I use my thumb to press in all of them on any rounded or profiled piece and I use a flexible 1.5" knife to press into holes on anything flat, the body of base etc.

General TIP: When using your thumb to fill, press in enough so it crowns a bit, then sand off when dry. DAP Fast N Final tends to stay the wettest the longest as many of you know MDF sucks up whatever you put on it. Shrink-Free tends to dry out quicker and needs more kneading and recycling back to the bucket to get more moist stuff.
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4 nail holes redy patch it nice and dense i use flexable putty knife or single edge razor blade fill hole then scrape clean prime paint this will be very good. if it needs to b perfect over fill and sand
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We have used light weight spackle for years, but thinking of finding something else. For some reason latley the last few tubs we have got have been spoiled? or something. It doesn't sand worth a dam and almost seems to act like caulking when we try to sand it. Also looks gel like in the tub? Might just be some tubs the guy I work with has had in his truck a months in the florida summer weather.
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Re: What Wood Filler Would Work Best ?


We've been using RediPatch on MDF as it's a bit harder to sand then the lightweight spackle. When using the lightweight it just seemed to be either shrinking back into the hole or we were having a hard time controlling the sanding.
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We've been using RediPatch on MDF as it's a bit harder to sand then the lightweight spackle. When using the lightweight it just seemed to be either shrinking back into the hole or we were having a hard time controlling the sanding.
We put the light weight on thicker to factor in the shrinking of "the so called nonshrinking spackle" ..... Cause it is usually pretty easy to sand down. Put we always seem to have to touchup the spackle spots one time after we first coat, and kind of double checking... Because of either shrinkage, or those overlooked nail holes
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I have to agree with the bondo. I just redid some cabinets and it worked well.
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Sherwin williams makes a product called glazing putty, it comes in a toothpaste like tube and is a bondo type product. It sands easy and holds up well
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