Surface damage and imperfections can happen anywhere in any substrate.
Mixed with water, powder fillers are often a cheaper option over other forms of filler and there are many options for both internal and external jobs.
Ready-mixed micropolymer fillers are very convenient and can be used for small to medium-size cracks and holes. However the finished surface doesn’t offer the hardness of many other fillers.
Ready Mixed Fillers:
Very convenient to use but does have limitations. As they harden by evaporation, shrinkage is likely during the drying process and if using ready mixed fillers to repair deep holes it can take a long time to set. Also, if used for large areas, once set, due to its liability to shrink it is prone to cracking and not completely cover the hole. However, they are a quick and easy solution as are very easy to apply and spread.
Choosing the right filler for the job is important to achieve the best finish.
Generally made of flexible acrylic, mastic caulk has a smooth plastic type texture. Best used for filling gaps between skirting boards, doorframes or the edges of shelves and the wall. There are numerous versions of caulk including antibacterial formulations for kitchens and bathrooms. Lines of caulk can be prone to cracking if applied in the wrong conditions. Always follow manufacturer’s advice on application, drying and painting over caulk.
There are two types of wood filler: Ready mixed and two part fillers (a mix of filler and chemical hardener). These come in a number of wood colours to make them inconspicuous but some are also stainable once applied.
Two part fillers should be used in a ventilated area due to their strong odour. Two part fillers will set very quickly and the hard finish can be sanded smooth in far less time than their ready mixed counter-part.
High performance wood fillers can provide a dramatic solution for degraded sections of wooden features such as window frames and sills. Using the right tools, high performance fillers can rebuild rotten wood and fill deep holes, restoring them back to their former glory.
Some Wood fillers are also known as ‘wood putty’, ‘grain filler’ and ‘plastic wood’, and are often composed of wood dust combined with binder which dries as well as, in some cases, giving colour to imitate specific wood types.
all of the above mentioned filler types you will find products specifically for
interior and exterior use. There are also specially formulated fillers
for specific substrates and to meet particular demands such as being
waterproof, quickly paintable, easily sandable, quick drying or able to be
nailed or screwed following application.
contact your local Brewers branch to discuss the right filler for your job.
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