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Old 02-03-2009, 11:18 PM
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I am replacing some door moldings at home and I have tried several things to fill nail holes before painting. Wood Putty is too hard to sand well and light weight Spackle shrinks. Most caulks remain flexible, so they don't sand properly either. I've found Bondo works great, but it has a very short pot life.

What works well and does not shrink?
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:40 AM
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:32 AM
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Durhams Rock Hard. It's a handymans best kept secret. It's a powder that you mix with water to whatever consistency you want. The powder never goes bad either. It's in a round can sort of the shape/size of comet cleanser.
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:47 AM
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Most of the painters use lightweight spackle. There's also 2 trains of thought..spackle first, then prime, and prime first, then spackle. I like the prime first method, as it provides a better surface to work with, and shows up some flaws that you won't notice unpainted.

In ANY case, use an oil based universal primer. Water based primer will raise the grain, and stays kinda gummy. Oil will not raise the grain, and locks fuzzys and rough areas in place so they can be sanded.
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