Toupret Filler Review – Full Range
I have been a professional painter and decorator for many years and over that time I have used several different types of filler, including some from the Toupret range. Toupret is a French company, however their products have been available in Britain for a while now. They produce some great gear, as well as some that isn’t so great. One of the things Toupret seem to get right is avoiding the issue of flashing. In layman’s terms, this is where you make a repair to say a wall using filler, then proceed to paint the wall, only to have the emulsion over the filler dry a different colour to the rest. There can be a couple of causes, but that is a different topic altogether. I will take you through my thoughts for the Toupret fillers I am familiar with, then share the thoughts of other decorators on the ones I’m not. I hope you enjoy my Toupret filler review. Most of these are available at My Paintbrush using discount code DF8 at the checkout
Murex is an external filler designed for repair work to masonry. It dries as solid as a rock so try not to over-fill. Drying time is basically a full day. Once mixed, Murex is smooth and easy to use, doesn’t contract as it dries and repairs will last for years. This is a really good product, in fact it’s probably the best on the market for what it does.
Toupthlith-F is also an exterior filler designed for repairs to masonry work. This one dries powdery and grainy, will contract as it dries and sometimes retains water. I suppose the plus point is you can paint over repairs on the same say, but it can cause problems too. I had to go back to a job I had completed a few months previously, because the masonry paint I had used on some exterior windowsills had discolored over every repair I’d made. The problem was the filler remained more porous than the stonework around it and drew water from the surrounding stone.
For that reason, I give Toupthlith-F 4/10. I wouldn’t bother with this one.
Toupret Ready Mixed
This is a lightweight ready mixed filler which is ideal for minor surface imperfections in plaster or woodwork. They advise you to leave the filler for 12 hours to cure which is a pain, however unlike most fine surface fillers there is no flashing. To be honest, I have had a nightmare with other brands so this is a breath of fresh air. Toupret ready mixed is fluffy and easy to use. Another downside is the lid doesn’t fit properly so the filler can start to hard when left.
8/10 – A couple of drawbacks but this is still a brilliant product.
Toupret TX110 – Rapid Drying Filler
Toupret TX110 isn’t quite as “rapid drying” as the name suggests. In fact, you can be waiting a couple of hours on some deeper holes, or if you’re working in cold conditions. That said, it is easy to work with, easy to sand and doesn’t flash through emulsion. I did have a problem once when the moisture from my emulsion made the filler swell, but I think that was down to me applying too much paint in one go. Good product.
Toupret TX110 gets 7/10
Toupret Interior Filler
Toupret is my go to interior filler. It sands down really well leaving a smooth finish. drying times are dependant the amount of water you mix into it, on average it takes the same time to dry as most mixable fillers. most important thing with this product it doesn’t flash, nothing is worse than prepping a job then the filler shows through the paint. definitely worth having a bag of this on your van.
Toupret Redlite is a ready mixed lightweight filler that offers quick drying time and doesn’t flash through. It states that it doesn’t require sanding, but I would suggest that you still need to sand down. The only negative I have that it doesn’t come in bigger tubs. The pros which there is a few like all Toupret fillers the do not flash or grin through and they dry fairly quickly and they are reasonably priced.
I would give this product a 8.5/10
Toupret Fine Surface Filler
Toupret fine surface filler is a ready mixed lightweight filler for fine surface filling like other Toupret products it offers quick drying times and will not flash or grin through. This filler is only suitable for very small imperfections and anything deeper the 1mm it will sink. Which is a downside for me, but it does fit it’s purpose well.
I would give this product a 7/10
Toupret Joint and Skim
Toupret joint and skim comes in ready mixed and powder form, I have only used the powder form, it mixes up easily and goes on smoothly. It dries at a reasonable rate; it sands down very well and like the rest of the Toupret range it doesn’t flash/grin through when applying paint. I can find any negatives with this product and the pros are it mixes nice and sands down well and it’s reasonably priced.
I would give this a 8.5/10
Toupret Patch & Repair
This filler, like others from Toupret, claims to do many things. From experience it’s best suited for deep holes & cracks as a solid first fill, ie after the electrician has been!
It can dry within 3 hours, best left longer, considerably so if on top Gardz or similar.
Negatives – doesn’t sand down very seamlessly, a skim over the top is needed. Oh, it’s pricey!
Positives – great replacement for a bit of bonding, can be a lifesaver on tight schedule.
Toupret Extreme Wood Repair
Toupret Extreme Wood Repair is a 2 part polyurethane filler. Dries hard and quick but remains flexible and you can sand it. Price is an issue at about £20+ for 350g. Other 2 part fillers are much cheaper, but not as good. Timbabuild system isn’t much more expensive and is vastly superior. I’d use it again, but only if I ran out of Timbabuild!
Toupret Wood Repair Filler
I tried this stuff over a year ago and it’s my go to powder mix filler for wood. Easily mixed and working time is more than enough for any repair. Shapes well and holds. Sanding to shape also pretty good.
Downsides – box size and colour (its brown) a choice of white would be better for some jobs.
I would highly recommend – 8/10
Toupret Ready Mixed Wood Filler
I use a lot of Toupret ready mixed wood filler, I personally love it because it is so easy to work with, it dries solid and it stands down really well! I use it a lot for pin holes and general wood filling. It is over coatable in 12-24 hours, but I’ve found it to be touch dry in a lot less. Only negative point I find is the drying time is to slow for certain jobs.
I’d give it a solid 8 / 10
Great flexible filler, we typically use it on ceilings, near beams when there is a lot of movement. It comes in ready mixed tubs as well as in a tube, like caulk. We always have a tube on the van. It is difficult to rub down though so we use it to back fill areas and use interior filler over the top.
I’d give it a 7/10 as it isn’t quite a one product fix and it is quite expensive too.
Toupret Wood Hardener
Great stuff! Smells quite strong but I have only needed to use it outside so the small has never been an issue. For the exterior work we use Exreme wood afterwards. I’ve never had a problem with the hardener and use it most years for exterior wood repair.
I’d give this product a 9/10 and would highly recommend it.
Toupret Putty Mastic
Toupret putty mastic is a linseed oil putty used when glazing or repairing windows. I can say with hand on heart that it’s probably the best linseed oil putty on the market. Easy to use, smooth and you’ll always get a great finish. The only downside is the price, which is around £15 for 1 litre, but it’s worth every penny!!
10 / 10 for Toupret putty mastic