can you use wood filler for drywall?

Whether you’re hanging up a picture or repairing an old hole in your wall, the right filler can be the difference between something that looks like it was patched together by a first-grader and something that looks like real craftsmanship.

So which materials are best? Here’s everything you need to know about wood filler, spackle, caulk, and putty:

Can I use wood filler for walls?

Yes and no.

It depends on the type of wood filler you are using. Some wood fillers are made to be used on walls, while others are meant for filling small holes or larger holes.

If you want to paint over your drywall, then it’s best to use a specific product that is meant for this purpose (and make sure that you know how long it takes for this particular type of wood filler).

Can I use wood filler instead of spackle?

Spackle is a type of drywall putty that comes in many shapes and sizes, but it all has one thing in common: it’s made of gypsum plaster.

The word “spackle” comes from the brand name Spackling Paste, which was the first product to be sold as a spackling compound.

Wood filler, on the other hand, is made from sawdust and glue. While wood filler will not bond with your drywall as well as spackle does—and it won’t last as long—it can be an effective temporary solution for small holes and dents in your walls during construction or remodeling projects.

Can you use 2 part wood filler on walls?

If you’re looking for a wood filler for walls, you’ll find that 2-part wood filler is not the best option. Why? It’s too thick.

When applied to a wall, 2-part wood filler would be so thick that it would look like an uneven coat of paint on your wall. This can result in unsightly bumps and ridges after finishing.

2 part wood filler is better suited to furniture restoration projects or other craft projects where flexibility is important (such as making repairs on wooden toys).

Can wood filler be used on a plaster?

While wood filler is not ideal for plaster, it can be used in some situations. If you are confident that the wood filler will not cause any damage to your wall (or if you plan on covering it up with wallpaper or paint), then using wood filler could be a good option.

However, there is a risk that using wood filler on plaster may result in cracks, flaking, and bubbling of the surface.

If you do decide to use wood filler on a plaster wall, make sure that you allow enough time for drying before applying any additional layers of paint or wallpaper over top of it

What is the difference between wood filler and putty?

  • Putty is a dry powder that you mix with water to form a paste. It’s easier to sand down than wood filler, but it’s also more expensive and takes longer to dry.
  • Wood filler is paste-like material you can buy in tubes or tubs (it usually comes in white). Although it dries harder than putty, it’s not as strong and tends to crack over time if you don’t keep the surface perfectly smooth while sanding.

Can you use wood filler on painted surfaces?

To use wood filler on a painted surface, first sand down the paint to bare wood. Then you can use it as you normally would.

However, if you are trying to fill holes in a previously unpainted space, then you should use a primer first before applying the wood filler. Use two coats of primer and one coat of paint over top of that.

Be careful when sanding off any excess paint or primer because they may get into your eyes and cause irritation or even blindness if not taken care of immediately!

Also be sure to wear gloves when working with these abrasive materials so as not to cut yourself on sharp edges while doing so as well (or worse yet: accidentally ingesting them).

What can I use instead of spackle?

Spackle is a drywall filler used to fill holes and dents in sheetrock. While it can be applied by hand, using an electric drill makes the job much easier.

Spackle comes in two varieties: regular and fast-drying. Fast drying spackles are good for small dings, but if you’re filling large holes or repairing large sections of your wall, it’s probably better to use regular spackle that dries slowly so you have more time before applying joint compound (more on that later).

Can you use caulk to fill drywall holes?

No, the answer is no. Caulk is made for sealing joints and cracks in walls, not for filling holes or screw holes in drywall.

If you have a crack in your wall, caulk can be used as an effective sealant. But if you have a hole or screw hole, it will not work because there’s nothing to hold the caulk inside of that space.


In conclusion, there are many different types of drywall that can be used for a variety of applications. We have listed some popular options above, so you can choose which one is best suited for your specific needs.

If you need help deciding between these options or have any further questions about drywall in general please contact us today!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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