Minwax Wood Putty® is designed to fill minor surface imperfections in wood that has already been stained and finished. Unlike Minwax Stainable Wood Filler, it never hardens. It requires no sanding and no finishing, and comes in a variety of pre-mixed colors to perfectly match Minwax Wood Finish stains. Ideal for bare, stained or finished woodwork, paneling, molding, trim and doors.
I should have read the label and taken it to heart. This putty is non-hardening. What the use is non-hardening putty? WTF? I was using the ebony and it is very black, but I wanted to fill some carving on wood for contrast. This will not be durable.
After I removed the seal, I found that the putty was mostly dried up and unusable. Most likely it sat on the shelf too long. Generally, I like minwax products, the color match on the pine wasn’t great, it came out a bit dark but I’m not sure if that was related to the initial dryness or not.
When I read "non-hardening" on the label I though it would remain flexible, like acrylic gap fillers. I didn't realise I was it was an oxymoronic description of a putty the never goes hard. This stuff isn't a putty at all, it is wood coloured plasticine. Equally useless was the direction to wipe excess with a damp cloth - all you can do with the stuff is smear it.
When I realised what I had been sold, I managed to smear most of it off and clean the wood with eucalyptus oil. Wasted time buying it. Wasted time applying it. Wasted some more time cleaning it off again. The residue may yet cause further problems.
The product may have some very limited applications but if it's going to stay soft and sticky, the word "putty" will inevitably lead people into error. I didn't believe it could be true until I read others' similar experiences on the net.
This won't cure, didn't let me sand. I had to gouge it out and get some standard wood putty before I threw this into the garbage where it belongs. Had to give it one star because that's the least this rating system would allow. NEVER BUY IT.
Like others say, I don't see any value in non drying putty or filler. In fact, apart from WoodWeld, which I use quite a bit of but which does have different issues, I haven't found one I keep coming back to.
OK, If I had read the small print on the can, I would have learned that this putty does not harden - so that's on me, though I'm not sure what good a wood putty is that doesn't harden. What I would not have learned is that the solvent in the putty continues to bleed into the wood for days after the application, leaving a smudge around the filled location. Sand it off and it just comes back.
Quite possibly the worst product I have purchased in a long time. Since when do we need "no drying" wood putty? What's next no drying glue? After I applied a first application, I came back the next day to put a final fill into to fix any imperfections from the first fill. As I applied it, the putty knife started pulling out the first application. I felt it and it was still gooey. I read the side of the container and in the smallest writing it says non drying and will not dry to a sandable state. Great. Now I have to pull all that gunk out of all my screw holes and refill with something that will dry. What a waste of time.