Timbermate - Wood Filler, Water Based, Quart
A totally unique, quick drying, water based grain filler and wood putty accepts stain beautifully or can be tinted. Never goes bad Easy to apply and clean up No shrinking, cracking or falling...
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- Easy preparation
- Timbermate is versatile and may be used for all interior repairs, including repairing edges.
- Fast drying
- When you’re done with your repair, scoop it up and put it back in the bucket.
- Timbermate protects wood, doesn’t harm it.
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Timbermate’s water-based woodfiller putty never goes bad. This is a 75 year old product that has been manufactured in Australia since 1992 and available in the U.S. since 2001. Woodcraft has been selling Timbermate’s woodfiller since 2008. It contains no acrylic or latex and is freeze-thaw stable. Woodcraft’s product development analyst, Kent Harpool calls this product, “garage stupid & idiot proof”, because it is reconstitutable by water and microwave, as well as being very easy to use.
Great performance; unpleasant smell
I've used this wood filler for patching small flaws in furniture projects, and for filling grain (in which case you dilute it with a little water). It dries very hard, and it adheres to the wood very well. It absorbs stain similar to wood (but since it will not have a grain pattern the patch will still show some - don't expect miracles). If it hardens in the container, you can soften it back up by putting the container in warm water. But the drawback, as pointed out in other reviews, is that it has a most unpleasant smell. And the smell really lingers. If you get it on your hands, the smell stays on the hands despite repeated washings and may take a day or two to wear off. Further, I find that it is slightly irritating on the eyes (this may not apply to every user; my eyes tend to be sensitive). If only this product did not have the off-putting smell I would rate it five stars. But since work conditions are a factor for me, I give it three.
I use so much of this I just went out and got a quart. The reason it smells the way it does is because it is a water based organic product. They put a preservative in it to keep mold from growing. It is the same preservative they use on band-aids. Hence the smell.
I use the produce to as a wood filler and as a grain filler. The product itself works but customer support from the company is non-existent. If you have any questions be sure to find a forum to post them in. I've sent Timbermate multiple questions online with no response. I've even tried calling. The phone just rings and disconnects. As soon as my tub is empty I'm finding a new product the company will sand behind.
Used for hardwood floor install, worked great. Hate the smell though. Suggest to ware gloves when using, otherwise your hands will stink for a couple days. Other wise great product.
Not worth the money.
I purchased this product after seeing a product review on you-tube. The review was with a representative from Timbermate and Woodcraft. I was looking for something to fill voids in grain and irregularities in some plywood I bought to put on the floor in my shop. The product worked very well as far as filling the voids but was hard to sand and would not take stain after it had dried completely. I tried adding the stain to the filler before putting it on the wood and I still had problems with stain color and hardness. I even added water to thin the filler and it made no difference.
I used this product to rebuild a 65 year old window stool that had rotted out. Huge areas were missing so I built it up gradually as per the instructions. When I sanded it down and painted it you could not tell the window had ever been damaged. I also used it to bridge gaps between old and replaced stop molding, sanding carefully to continue the contour across the gap. Perfect. Sculpts nicely.
I would use it over&over again.
I used it for a guitar back with cherry mixed in it and worked great. I will continue to use this and recommend it to anyone.
I have used this with all types of wood. It has performed Great. I made custom Hymn and Bible holders for the pews at church using red oak. This is the only filler that matched the wood. Yes, it smells, so open a window, turn on a fan, it doesn't smell after it dries. Ever step on a stink bug? It smells too!
Works Great- Awful Smell of Iodine
Was refinishing our Oak cabinets and then painting white. Worked extremely well. I used standard Elmers wood putty previously and this topped that easily. It gets extremely hard and sands really smooth. Only draw back is the smell of Iodine. Not sure why it has it- maybe for a more natural biocide. My wife could not stand the smell and put me in the garage instead of the basement.
Best So Far
I used this product for the first time on the edges of plywood to fill void that I was going to stain and paint. It took stain better than any other filler I've tried and takes paint very well. Easy to work with. I thinned it down as directed to fill in the end grain. Easy water thinning and clean up.
Does the job well
Used it to fill oak grain. It went on easily and sanded off easily. It came rather hard and separated from the container, but mixed to a nice consistancy with a little water. I put the scrapings back in the container for future use. The unlimited shelf life is a huge plus since I've thrown away countless containers of barely used filler.