I’ve been searching for a decent filler for a while now. So many on the market either take too long dry or need to be sprayed with Zinsser B.I.N before being painted over. Unknown to me, my prayers would soon be answered.
A few months ago, I got invited to the Zinsser Roadshow in Chester-Le-Street (Durham). When I got there, there were about 6 stalls, including one for Toupret. Those who use Toupret, will know that it’s one of the rare fillers out there that doesn’t flash through paint. I asked the rep if they had started making a filler that dries quickly, cos let’s be honest, no one wants to wait for ever for it to dry. As a professional decorator myself, it’s important for us to crack on with our work
He agreed that we all want to be able to sand it down soon as possible, so we can get on with other things. He presented me with a bag of Toupret TX110. I left excited and couldn’t wait to try it out on my next job. According to the box, there is no depth limitation, it dries around 30 to 40 minutes and it can be painted in 3 hours. Click here to see current prices.
I had a few doorframes to fill and a few bits on the walls. I tried to mix it a little bit runnier than normal, as I was worried it would dry too quick in the container and go to waste. I didn’t have to fill too much, apart from a few spots where it needed a bit more.
I got on with other things, and after around 2 hours I went to touch the filler to find it was only half dry. Smaller parts had dried quick. I will admit at this point, the house was a bit cold, as the customer was away and didn’t leave the heating on. After I switched it on, I saw that the filler started to dry very quickly. I was very impressed, and it all sanded down easily with my erbauer sander.
One thing I did notice is it’s difficult to mix large quantities of Toupret TX110 in one go. It’s easier to make small amounts to avoid lumps, but then again, as it’s “rapid set”, you wouldn’t mix too much in one go anyway.
I also found like the other Toupret fillers on the market, it didn’t flash through the paint at all. Compared to the Axus Decor flexi fill, (which also dries very quickly) the Toupret TX110 didn’t sink, crack or flash through the paint. I’d like to see a ready mixed version of this on the market, if there isn’t already.
Overall I was very impressed and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a decent filler that dries quick and doesn’t flash. Click here to see current prices.
Final Thoughts on Toupret
I’m going to finish off by giving my thoughts on Toupret as a whole. They’re a French company, who have been in the UK for a few years now. Toupret fillers have become widespread in a short space of time.
They have a different approach to other brands. For example, Gyproc (a traditional brand leader in fillers), only have four different products, whereas Toupret have dozens. This is because Toupret make a different filler with slightly different qualities to suit specific niche tasks. Toupret even have four masonry fillers for different types of masonry repairs.
All this is fantastic in a way, because you know you’re going to be using a product designed to perform as well as it possibly can for a specific job. The only drawback if you’re left with a dozen different fillers in the van. It must be a nightmare for DIYers who only carry out the odd job around their home. Click here for more info, or to see current prices.
Toupret TX110 filler review – by Hev Govan