Review of Aqua Coat Grain Filler vs competitive product

If you are painting grainy wood, using grain filler is important because it smooths out the surface to help attain a glass smooth finish.  Aqua Coat found this interesting article from Matt G with Dengarden comparing Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler to Timbermate's wood filler.  He compares the two products and explains why he doesn't recommend Timbermate and went back to using Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler to finish preparing his oak cabinets for painting.

Does Timbermate Have an Odor?Timbermate has a strong odor.  Wearing gloves is a must.  The odor from this product was so strong it could still be smelled after spraying the primer and stayed on my hands for days after.  Aqua Coat is low odor.

Does Timbermate Fill the Wood Grain Well?Timbermate did fill most of the grain in one coat, but no better than Aqua Coat

Does Timbermate sand easily?Using a filler that sands easily is important.  Timbermate was an absolute nightmare to sand. The sanding made an incredible mess and smelled horrible.  Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler is extremely easy to sand.

Is Timbermate worth it?Timbermate is not recommended for a large cabinet painting project.  The difficult sanding and terrible odor were the major deal breakers.  Went back and used Aqua Coat to finish the remaining cabinet doors.


In this article, Matt recommends using Aqua Coat White Cabinet Grain Filler instead of Timbermate.  He said the Aqua Coat Grain Filler is better than the original clear version when painting, but the benefit of the Clear Grain Filler is you can use it for staining and clear topcoat projects.  Check out the full article below.


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