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I've had to putty up a large hole in my ceiling and I'm having a very difficult time getting it flat.

I've used quite a few sheets of sanding paper but they become useless after a few seconds due to clogging up with dust and the abrasive running off.

I ended up using a knife and it kind of helped but surely there is a better way.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:09 pm 
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You don't really sand putty and you don't use it where you got plaster. Unless someone else (not him) corrects me, putty is only for use on wood. Remove it whilst you can and before its oil (linseed or whatever is used now) spreads on the plaster(board).

Use ordinary powder filler mixed a bit thicker than normal. A small hole you would fill a couple of times, a bigger hole, you might have to get something above it, e.g. a piece of wood with some glue to grip on the plasterboard, cardboard a piece of plasterboard ... anything really to let the filler get a grip.

If it helps a little.


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For an example see: filling-small-holes-gaps-in-plasterboard-ceiling-t94509.html


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As said, putty is the wrong solution for your problem.

How big an area are you trying to patch in/fill ?

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Never used putty in this situation and intrigued.

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Okay, there's obviously a language barrier here because in the US we refer to powder mixed with water as putty.

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Unless someone else (not him) corrects me.


I would never be that rude towards someone I don't know.

Thanks anyway.


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Track wrote:
Okay, there's obviously a language barrier here because in the US we refer to powder mixed with water as putty.



I thought that was *spackle*.

But even so, I'd guess there are as many varieties of *spackle* in the US as there are *filler* in the UK, some of them are much harder to rub down than others, a purpose made interior filler is usually fairly easy to sand back.

What grit paper are you using?

In the UK, putty is a mixture of chalk and linseed oil - its intended purpose is for glazing, i.e. putting a pane of glass into a window.

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Track wrote:
Okay, there's obviously a language barrier here because in the US we refer to powder mixed with water as putty.

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Unless someone else (not him) corrects me.


I would never be that rude towards someone I don't know.

Thanks anyway.

its not aimed at you at all track but possibly a member on here called "someone else" who is very helpful but like me can often seem cryptic and bizare as our brains work a wee bit different to the norm :lol: :scratch: :thumbright:
edit just to save confusion :lol:
thats normal and not your norman from new yankee workshop

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Since you have used a powder filler it should be possible to sand it with sandpaper. Sometimes a sanding block can help and you can use a thicker grade (e.g. 120 grade or 80 for even thicker) or 180 for finishing. Aluminium oxide are better papers than the traditional glass/sand papers.

It sounds as if your filling of the hole is bad. Post a couple of photos, at least one close up, to give us an idea how bad it is. Here for how to post pictures.


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OchAye wrote:
Since you have used a powder filler it should be possible to sand it with sandpaper. Sometimes a sanding block can help and you can use a thicker grade (e.g. 120 grade or 80 for even thicker) or 180 for finishing. Aluminium oxide are better papers than the traditional glass/sand papers.

It sounds as if your filling of the hole is bad. Post a couple of photos, at least one close up, to give us an idea how bad it is. Here for how to post pictures.


How could my filling of the hole be bad? I've done it before and I always use a ton of sand paper because when it hardens it's hard like cement (not really) and flakes off very easily.. so the paper gets clogged and/or the grit is sanded down, either way it's very costly to get a smooth finish without wasting more money on the sandpaper than on the filler - of which I've used 20 lb. (~9 Kg) already and I'm about half way done.

If I was doing this professionally, I would just charge the client but that also wouldn't ethical.


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Sorry track, don't know what product you have used but over this side of the pond we use "easyfill " "pollyfilla" and some other brands.

9 Kg of filler would be enough to fill a huge amount .

Pics of what you are doing please ??? :scratch:

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