As a Decorator, I’ve used a lot of different fillers over the years, from Gyproc to Toupret, and everything in-between. On my last three jobs I used a couple of the Filltite Filler products, so I thought I’d take the time to sit down and give my honest thoughts on their performance. You can buy these products online.
Filltite Fill & Finish Multi-Purpose Filler Review
This is a multi-purpose powder filler used primarily for interior walls and ceilings. The filler contains plaster, calcium carbonate, resins, and cellulose fibres. You simply mix the powder with water to create a paste before use.
The setting time for Filltite Fill & Finish Multi-Purpose Filler is around 2 hours and you can use it to fill holes of any depth. However, you should leave the filler for a full day before painting over it. This isn’t an issue on most jobs, but an extended curing time makes it impractical to use when decorating single rooms and you need to start the painting on the same day as doing the prep.
An extended curing time is the only drawback to this filler. It is a product I have grown to love! It mixes so easily and creates a very smooth paste. This makes skimming large areas, or “feathering off” very easy, so you can achieve flawless repairs with minimal effort. Very impressive considering its “any depth” capability.
Shrinkage is minimal, even compared to rival products like EasyFill. Sanding down isn’t an issue either; sometimes fillers dry rock-hard, so you damage the plasterwork as you’re trying to sand it back. This isn’t the case with Filltite Fill & Finish Multi-Purpose Filler.
This is easily one of the best interior powder fillers I’ve used.
Filltite Fill & Finish Ultra-Light Filler Review
This is a ready-mixed, light filler that can be purchased in a tub, or tube. You can apply it like decorators caulk through a mastic gun, or by using old-fashioned filling knives. Like Filltite Multi-Purpose Filler, this product can be used to any depth. Unlike the Filltite Multi-Purpose Filler, you can paint over it after just 15 minutes (although deep repairs take longer to dry). You can also use this filler inside or out, which is a massive advantage.
Lightweight fillers are something I have used a lot of in recent years. Filltite Fill & Finish Ultra-Light Filler is up there as one of the easiest to work with. The adhesion is spot on, and you can sculpt it to just about any shape. It doesn’t slump or sag, so you can fill repairs flush, then paint straight over the top. However, this is one of the only lightweight fillers I’ve used which can be sanded down to some extent, so repairs can still be proud where needed.
A couple of other Decorators I spoke to told me they have experienced issues with this filler flashing through emulsion, which confuses me. I have tried to make it flash but can’t. Providing you apply two coats of paint over Filltite Fill & Finish Ultra-Light Filler you won’t encounter any problems. It’s easy to make an invisible repair using this product. Click here to see online prices.
Best Tools to Apply Filltite Filler
I thought I’d end by listing a few of the tools needed to easily apply filler to internal walls, ceilings, and trim.
The first thing you’re going to need is a set of filling knives. These are a little bit like scrapers, but they have some flexibility and they’re thinner at the business end. This helps when working material like Filltite Filler onto a surface. I’m going to recommend the Rollingdog set, simply because they’re well-made and reasonably priced and there are multiple sizes in a pack. Click here to see current prices.
You’re also going to need a plastic kettle if you opt for the powder filler, as it’s a lot easier than mixing it on a board. Click here to see prices. Other than that, I think you’re good to go.
Filltite Filler Review – by Mike Gregory