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    • Pandilex
    • By Pandilex 6th Jan 18, 3:36 PM
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    What should I use to fill in screw holes in my skirting board?
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    • 6th Jan 18, 3:36 PM
    What should I use to fill in screw holes in my skirting board? 6th Jan 18 at 3:36 PM
    I was going to pollyfilla them, but upon searching google I have found 2958235 contradicting bits of advice.

    I'll slap some dulux satinwood paint on afterwards I expect. Any ideas?
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 6th Jan 18, 3:41 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 3:41 PM
    I would use a good two part wood filler, sand and spot prime (assuming you!!!8217;ve got preprimed skirting) then undercoat and paint as normal.
    • Jonesya
    • By Jonesya 6th Jan 18, 3:56 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 3:56 PM
    Yeah I'd second the 2 part fillers because they set solid unlike the pva/acrylic types which can dry and shrink.
    • Pandilex
    • By Pandilex 6th Jan 18, 3:59 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 3:59 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 3:59 PM
    wilko seems to only sell pre-mixed would that work?

    what do you mean by spot priming, the skirting board is already white and pre-primed - after I fill the hole and sand them do I just dab something on?
    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 6th Jan 18, 4:05 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:05 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:05 PM
    Two part filler is ideal, avoid the ready mixed. Wickes own brand is as good as the rest.

    Just sand it and paint.
    • Pandilex
    • By Pandilex 6th Jan 18, 4:09 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:09 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:09 PM
    Thank you everybody I will see if I can find somewhere that sells two part wood filler
    • bris
    • By bris 6th Jan 18, 4:37 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:37 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:37 PM
    If you're painting them then decorators caulk was invented for this very reason. Forget 2 part filler and all that fancy stuff, a 1 tube of decorators caulk is all you need.
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 6th Jan 18, 4:58 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:58 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 4:58 PM
    If you're painting them then decorators caulk was invented for this very reason. Forget 2 part filler and all that fancy stuff, a 1 tube of decorators caulk is all you need.
    Originally posted by bris
    Caulk? If you say so.
    • lauraland
    • By lauraland 6th Jan 18, 8:12 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 8:12 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 8:12 PM
    I used ronseal multi purpose wood filler, which has worked fine for me, coat of leyland primer undercoat and then top coat - job done
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    • bohica
    • By bohica 7th Jan 18, 12:52 PM
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    You have other good answers but I'll add this one. In the past, I have used wooden plugs. You basically drill a shallow larger hole the size of the wooden plug then drill your screw hole and screw in. Then you glue the wooden plug in and use a chissel to cut the top of the plug off. You can buy plug cutters for a drill. Probably not worth the effort if you are painting afterwards but for wood you are leaving unpainted it is a neat solution.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 7th Jan 18, 1:31 PM
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    wilko seems to only sell pre-mixed would that work?

    what do you mean by spot priming, the skirting board is already white and pre-primed - after I fill the hole and sand them do I just dab something on?
    Originally posted by Pandilex
    In my experience filler can grin through the top coat of paint but if you're giving it a coat of primer/undercoat first or something that is self-undercoating it should be fine.

    All of my pre-primed skirting was finished with a coat of Leyland acrylic primer undercoat and two coats of Little Greene eggshell.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 7th Jan 18, 1:32 PM
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    If you're painting them then decorators caulk was invented for this very reason. Forget 2 part filler and all that fancy stuff, a 1 tube of decorators caulk is all you need.
    Originally posted by bris
    Bodge job. Decorators caulk is not designed for filling screws holes in wood. It will be nearly impossible to get a smooth, flush finish and it cannot be sanded. The texture difference will also be obvious after painting. It's designed for filling small gaps where two surfaces meet.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 7th Jan 18, 3:06 PM
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    If you haven't already drilled the screw holes, then why not just adhere the skirting to the walls with gripfill? Then there's no need for drilling / filling.
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 7th Jan 18, 11:40 PM
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    If you haven't already drilled the screw holes, then why not just adhere the skirting to the walls with gripfill? Then there's no need for drilling / filling.
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    Even if using gripfill it!!!8217;s normal to pin the skirting using a nailgun or panel pins to keep it tight against the wall the adhesive goes off. Much smaller holes but they will still need filling.

    Screws do have an advantage though, which is that it!!!8217;s much easier to remove the skirting if necessary.
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