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As I only have a few weeks before the birth of my first baby we are currently decorating his bedroom and as the walls are not in the best condition and had a few cracks and holes that needed filling some preparation was needed. With this in mind I bought some Homebase Interior Filler.
The filler is sold in a green and white box, it has the Homebase logo on the front, below this the box tells the customer that this is Powder Interior Filler and it will give you a smooth finish to all interior surfaces, it is shrink and crack resistant, it will mix easily and quickly and has good adhesion. The back of the box is taken up with instructions on how to mix the filler, application, cleaning and storage. There is also a small health and safety warning.
On opening the box you will see the filler is sealed in a plastic bag and is a white powder which needs to be mixed with water. The instructions state that you need 2 parts filler to 1 part water. To mix the filler I usually use an old ice cream container or if I only need a little bit a plastic cup, and a plastic spoon. The powder mixes with the water easily to form a dough like consistency, this is an off white almost grey colour but it does go back to white once its dried.
The box gives all the instructions you need to prepare your surface that needs filling and its all set out clearly. Its not really hard you just need to make sure there is no loose material on the surface to be filled. To use the filler I apply it with an old bank card that I keep just for this purpose. If its a large hole you are filling you will need a flexible filling knife. The filler is workable for approximately an hour and takes 2 hours to set.
Once set the filler can be sanded down and painted or papered over whatever you are doing. Homebase Interior filler is as the name suggests for indoor use only and can be used on wood, plaster, brick and stone.
As I mentioned there are a couple of warnings on the packet and these are :- wash hands after use, avoid contact with eyes and keep away from children. All pretty standard for this type of product.
I would certainly recommend Homebase Interior Filler, it has made an excellent job of doing small repairs to my walls. It has filled small cracks and holes to give smooth surfaces to paper and paint. It doesn't cost a fortune with a 1.5kg box costing just £3.99.
If you need to do repairs in your house that requires filler then I would give this one a try.