toupret fillers review

Toupret Fillers – Apply the Science 

Toupret is by no means a newcomer to the filler market, but I can’t get over the feeling that the world is only now waking up to the wonders of their products. Searching for the best filler out there, we gave Toupret a try and, best of all, recorded every minute of it – so you can see for yourself just how easy to use their fillers are. 

My grasp of French is so weak that I still don’t know how to pronounce Toupret. ‘Toupray’ or ‘Touprett’? Either way, I can’t get away from the fact that I have been using various Toupret fillers for some years and I keep coming back to them because, simply, they do what I want them to do – easily and without a fuss. 

Probably my biggest gripe is that some of the standard Toupret fillers take a long time to set, so I have sometimes been kept waiting, clutching the sandpaper while I wait. But then I have also been hit by the other dilemma – that of mixing up a pot of a competitor’s filler only for the whole lot to set in fifteen minutes leaving you with some soggy lumps of waste filler and still another twenty holes to fill. Your take’s your choice, apparently! 

But when I have got my timings right – like finishing the filling at the end of the day and then having the dry filler ready to sand the following morning – I have been impressed by how easy it is to get a beautiful smooth finish with either a sander or by hand. Very few small holes and nice feathered edges make for a great substrate for the paint, wallpaper, etc.  

Well-mixed Toupret fillers, in my experience, have a creamy finish that goes on very smoothly and fills holes easily, with little gapping at the pressure from the knife/scraper. It helps to follow the instructions from a very useful booklet that I got at the Toupret Stand at a ToolFair. It is a comprehensive guide to the huge range of fillers that are made by Toupret and what their optimum uses are. An example of what I mean: it recommends, for the basic fillers, to put the water in the mixing container first and then add the powder bit by bit. This does give the user the chance to make the mix dryer or wetter for different uses – without wasting too much powder.  

The Toupret Guide Book is comprehensive – even guiding users to look at and evaluate the various surfaces that are going to be filled – with illustrations of what to look for and how to approach the solution.  With this kind of detail, even hardened professionals could learn something new and helpful.  

Ready Mixed – A Solution? 

A giant tub of ready-mixed Toupret GP filler was something new to me. It still has the same creamy texture straight out of the tub that the mix-it-yourself has. It can be used outdoors but it does well to take note that it is not recommended for filling depths greater than 5mm. It simply takes too long to dry. But used correctly – the next morning users will find an easily-sandable surface that will finish smooth as.  

The mixable version gives users the chance to make a stiffer or looser consistency, but the instructions are the same – don’t fill deeper than 5mm and leave to dry for 24 hours for best results.  

The Toupret Tough Multifiller I used does what it says. Reinforced with fibres and able to be used indoors and out, it can be used for deeper filling, and because it comes in powder, users can make it stiffer or softer to suit the job at hand. And you still get that nice sandable dry texture once it sets. 

Toupret Fillers? Yes, definitely recommended. They may not fill every bill but, used as per instructions, will give excellent results every time. 

Check them all out for yourself in the video below.

To find out more about Toupret fillers visit: toupret.co.uk

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