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 the odd product that isn’t as good. 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 online at the Paint Shed or My Paintbrsh, as well as many DIY or trade counters
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. The only downside is you will need to leave a repair 24 hours before painting over.
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 day, 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 painting over lightweight filler from 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.
7/10 – 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. The 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 a quick drying time and doesn’t flash. The instructions on the tub say it doesn’t require sanding, but I would suggest that you still need to sand down. The only negative is it doesn’t come in bigger tubs. It also dries fairly quickly and is 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 imperfections. 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. This 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 so I can’t comment on the ready mixed sorry. Toupret joint and skim mixes up easily and goes on smoothly. It dries at a reasonable rate, sands down very well and like the rest of the Toupret range, it doesn’t flash/grin through after applying paint. It mixes nicely, 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, but the longer you leave it the better.
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. It dries hard and fast, but remains flexible and you can sand it. Price is an issue at about £20+ for 350g. Other 2 part fillers are much cheaper. 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 now my “go to” powder filler for wood. Easily mixed and working time is more than enough for any repair. Shapes well and holds. Sanding to shape also pretty easy too.
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 and 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. You can paint over the filler in 12-24 hours, but I’ve found it to be touch dry in a lot less. The drying time is a massive drawback.
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