DAP Plastic Wood Solvent Wood Filler - All Colors Reviews

DAP Plastic Wood Solvent Wood Filler - All Colors

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DAP Plastic Wood Filler

May 1, 2009 (Updated May 2, 2009)
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Pros:Matches wood nicely, hardens like wood

Cons:Hard to work with, dries very fast so it's unforgiving

The Bottom Line: DAP served it's purpose, but was messy and hard to use


Several years ago my husband and I decided to remodel our kitchen.  Our old cabinets were oak, which were so popular in the 80's, but we wanted to update our look and lighten our dining room and kitchen, so we decided on natural maple cabinets and trim.

Luckily, we have a friend who is a master carpenter, and he helped us design our kitchen, then he custom built everything to meet our specifications.  It turned out better than I could have ever imagined. 
After the kitchen was finished, we then purchased an Anderson French Door for the dining room, and Home Depot installed the door and the trim.  We found that after our first winter had passed, the maple trim around the new door had separated slightly, and you could see a small gap where the two pieces of trim didn't square up.  My husband didn't even notice this, but it was driving me nuts.

Our friend told me to purchase some plastic wood at our local hardwood store, and fill the cracks with this, and it would be as good as new.  I actually found my DAP Plastic Wood Filler at my Fred Meyer grocery store, in the paint section.

I purchased a small 1.87 ounce tube of DAP Plastic Wood Filler, because I didn't need very much.  It is also available in small metal cans.  I thought that the tube would be easier to use, as I was hoping I could simply squeeze the plastic wood into the crevice, and smooth it out - however the process wasn't quite so easy. 

The packaging claims that DAP is "America's Number 1 Brand". Further reading tells us that DAP Plastic Wood Filler can be used both indoors and outdoors, and that this is a cellulose fiber filler. This sounds like a very versatile product in that it can be sanded, stained, cut, drilled, varnished, painted, and lacquered.  It is supposed to harden to a wood like surface, and it claims to not shrink.  That last part was important to me, because I have used those stick wood fillers in the past, and they did shrink on me.

Using DAP Plastic Wood Filler sounds easy, but I actually had a harder time using this than I had imagined.  First, when I broke the thin metal seal with the pointed end of the cap, the plastic wood filler didn't come out.  Either this was an old tube, or it was a really thick product.  I kept enlarging the hole and squeezing, but couldn't get the product out of the tube until I had made the hole as large as possible.

The directions warn the user to avoid contact with surrounding surfaces, but I had a hard time getting the DAP Plastic Wood Filler into such a small area without getting some of it on the rest of the maple trim.  I ended up using my finger and a toothpick to try to push the plastic wood into the small gap, and finally filled it up, then tried to smooth it out so it looked like part of the trim.  This product is not very forgiving, it seems to dry extremely fast, and once it's touched a surface it's extremely hard to get off.  (I guess their warning was for real!)  It's hard to wash off the hands too.

The entire process probably took me 15 minutes, which is probably much longer than it should have taken, but the end product didn't look too bad.  Since the gap in the trim was at the top of the door, it's high enough that nobody really notices that the areas of trim that I wiped the DAP off of now are a little duller than the rest of the trim, but then I guess I could go ahead and apply a varnish to the trim, but I didn't think it looked that badly to warrant varnishing the trim around the entire door!

I guess I was pretty naieve, because I thought the wood filler would be more like a glue that would squeeze out and then harden, but it was much harder to use.  The next time, I will know what to expect and will go about filling any holes in a more meticulous manner.

DAP Plastic Wood comes in a wide variety of wood colors, including:

Light Oak
Pine
Golden Oak
White
Red Oak
Red Mahogany
Mapl
Walnut
Natural

The colors are pretty true to form, and the maple DAP matched my maple cabinets and trim quite nicely. 

I'm sure there are a lot of uses for DAP Plastic Wood Filler.  I even tried to repair a door, but it didn't work for that.  Our inside doors are hollow, and I have to have a hook style lock on my craft room door, due to having a licensed daycare in my home.  That room is off limits.  Well, my husband attempted to open the door without pulling off the hook, and pulled the eye part of the lock right out of the hollow door, leaving a hole there. 

Since the DAP Plastic Wood claims that it can be drilled, cut, sanded, etc. I thought I might be able to fill the hole with enough of the product, then screw the eye part of the lock into the repaired area.  It didn't work.  If anyone has any ideas, I'd appreciate a tip!  My only other choice is to use Gorilla Glue, as it expands as it dries.  I am thinking I can put Gorilla Glue on the screw part of the eye closure and then screw it into the door.  As it dries and expands, it just might lock itself in place and hold for me.  But that's another topic.  My point is the DAP didn't work for me, but I as probably using it in a manner that it wasn't meant for.

I have since seen a DAP product that is similar, but is made with Latex, instead of cellulose fiber.  It can be used on doors, it won’t shrink and can hold nails or screws without cracking.  I am going to try this next, and maybe it will work for me.

As far as the DAP Plastic Wood Filler, it certainly helped repair the cracks in our trim, and I was pleased with how well the color matched my door.  It's just a little harder to use than I had imagined. 

This tube is not very expensive, it can be purchased for a few dollars at most stores that sell hardware supplies.


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