Learn to putty like a pro

Filling is the trick for nicely painted or wallpapered walls. Because as with so many other jobs, the sub-work is what paves the way for the rest to be done. If the painting work is to look good, you must therefore putty well, and you can read about the secret behind this here.

Those who work with putty and painting actually spend more time on the actual filling and other sub-work than on the painting itself. It is visible on the final result and gives a long-lasting result. You putty to avoid unevenness, holes, cracks and other things in walls that are to be painted or wallpapered. The techniques for filling and what you need differ a little depending on the type of wall you are going to fill and what is the damage to the wall. Here we give putty tips that will help you do as good a job as the pros.

Putty is an important job during building or renovating or repairing a house.


Lay out protection, for example in the form of protective cardboard, this means that furniture and floors are not damaged by your work. Make sure you have all the materials you need and that you have the right materials. Always make sure to use the type of putty and tools that are intended for the substrate, ie the materials and wall, floor or ceiling and follow the instructions for each putty when it comes to drying time and the like. Wear suitable work clothes and good shoes, and make sure that the lighting is good for work.

Common wall damage to putty

To get a good result when you have to putty again such a common phenomenon as nail holes, two filling times are usually enough. It is best to start by just filling in the hole or holes, and in putty round number two, you apply more layers and level the surface. Then you can grind finely and cover the area with a damp sponge to further smooth.

Check out what type of putty you should have in the hardware store. Be sure to clean the surface thoroughly and then apply the putty over the crack or cracks with a small putty shovel. Scrape off excess putty and apply this at the next filling time. Let dry, soak with a sponge and grind finely.

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Fill plaster wall

When you are going to putty a plaster wall, you need putty pads in three different sizes, one small, one medium and one large. Do this:

  1. Cut plaster from joints
  2. Fill with the large shovel: from the side and then from the bottom up to half the wall. After that, it's time to putty from the bottom up all the way. Hold until the joint is gone.
  3. Attach strips of fiberglass to visible joints, and putty minor damage with medium and small putty spades. When the putty has dried, sand, and then vacuum.

Fill concrete wall and wood

When you are going to putty a concrete wall or wooden wall, about the same principle applies, the difference is that the putty you use is different. You also need putty pads in three different sizes, but you can also do with two: one large and one small. Use the small shovel to plug holes with putty. Then clean the wall and work with the larger spatula over the entire surface. Let dry and apply putty again. When the putty is dry, sand the entire wall properly, you may need to sand several times to make the material feel straight.

Be careful, be patient and allow the putty to harden properly. Good luck!