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Old 09-17-2008, 04:42 PM
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If this is old news for everyone - I apologize.

After a few years of using my original tub, I recently ran out of Elmer's Fill N' Finish. I went shopping for a new supply, all I could find was Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Filler.
It's in the same style tub package, white tub with a orange lid.
I called the toll free product information number. The operator told me that Elmer's had discontinued the old Fill N' Finish formulation last year.
This new "Wood Filler" product is supposed to replace the old Fill N' Finish. The new product is meant for interior and exterior use. The old product was for interior use only.

Has anyone used the new Wood Filler product? Is there any difference in results on balsa and body tube seams?

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Old 09-17-2008, 04:52 PM
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As nearly as I can tell, the closest equivalent in the current product line is the "stainable" wood filler. It has microballoons like the old stuff, and I believe it is water based.
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Old 09-17-2008, 05:16 PM
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As nearly as I can tell, the closest equivalent in the current product line is the "stainable" wood filler. It has microballoons like the old stuff, and I believe it is water based.


That is correct. But, there are other Elmer's filler products that have "stainable" somewhere on the label (including one that has wood shavings instead of microballoons). The one that is the old Fill'n'Finish has "STAINABLE" prominently as part of the product name. SKU's are E889 (4oz) through E892 (32oz).

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Old 09-17-2008, 06:39 PM
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I had that problem too. A year or two back, I opened my tub, and when I looked in, I saw mold growing in patches in various spots. Threw that out and just last month I went out and got a new tub after using lightweight spackle, which I will not switch back to again (expensive stuff, and it dents very easily). All I could find was similar looking tubs of Elmer's Wood Filler so I figured it was good enough. When I used it, it seemed like the same stuff and it sanded down just fine. It's not bad, but I can't really compare it to FnF because I really can't remember its characteristics compared to what I have now.
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Wow, that's strange... I have had old Fill 'N Finish dry out until it resembled (very lightweight) brown concrete in the tub, but I have never seen it grow mold!

It is good to know what the new label name and design look like, though. I'll probably reach the point where I have to buy more in a couple of years...

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Found out it's kind of common. I would post a link to the thread, but then TRF is down. I think Bob Cox started it. Haven't heard from him in a while though. Anyways, someone posted a pic of their tub with fungus too, and it looked nasty. In my post in the thread, I said that I used rubbing alcohol to remoisten the FnF so it wouldn't dry out (I don't know why I used alcohol) and I think that helped to stop the mold from spreadding as quick.
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The only time I had trouble with mold was when I added water to try to keep it from drying out.
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My tub does not have STAINABLE posted so prominantly on the package. Mine says Elmer's Carpenters wood filler. It comes in light and dark varieties but I have the light. It's worked good so far...
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