## Wall Putty: All You Need to Know Before Painting a House

#### What is Wall Putty?

Wall putty is a well-known term used for a material with high plasticity, which is very similar in the texture of clay or dough and is typically used in domestic construction as a primer to colour or protective sub-layer to paint primer as well as a sealant or filler.

#### Why Should I Apply Wall Putty?

When one goes for painting one’s own house, the question that will crop up always in one’s mind is, “why putty is required before the paint?  It is the paint which gives ultimate decor, aesthetic and beauty to the house. People spend lavishly for house painting. They choose high quality and expensive paints for their house so that home looks attractive-light, flat and smooth for a long time. However even after using expensive paints, one is not satisfied with their painting. Various problems may come even after applying expensive paints and your wall may look uneven with following defects:

• Hair cracks and pin holes on walls
• Dampness on wall
• Uneven and rough cement plaster on wall
• Cracking due to ageing of walls
• Discoloured patches
• Efflorescence on walls
• Flaking of paint
• Peeling of paint

Application of putty will take care of all the above defects/problems of painting. It will fill the hair cracks and pinholes on walls. The surface finishing, if uneven due to defective plaster will get improved. It has good bond both with substrate as surfaces like plaster and of course with paint.

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The above defects make your home walls ugly, dull and uneven. You have therefore to first identify all these problems on your wall before you start the painting of your house.

Wall putty will take care of all  above defects/problems. It will fill minor cracks and surface imperfections. Application of wall putty before the application of paint helps you to achieve smooth, levelled, finished and stunning surfaces for all kinds of paint.

#### Does Applying Putty On Wall Save the Cost of Painting?

Wall Putty is an ideal base for concrete / cement plastered walls and ceilings. It provides water resistant quality. As the application of putty provides a smooth surface for paint, it increases the paint’s covering capacity. The putty thus reduces consumption of paint and hence overall cost of painting gets reduced and also increases the life of the paint. It also allows expensive paint to last several years. Hence it definitely saves the cost of painting.

#### Types Of Putty Available in the Market:

There are various types of putties available in the market based on different purposes such as for interior and exterior walls for damp wall etc. Basically, wall putty is differentiated into two types:

01. Acrylic Wall Putty

02. Cement Based Putty

#### Thickness of Wall Putty:

The total thickness of two coats of putty should be maximum 1.5 mm. Uneven thickness due to the unskilled application may cause problems.

It is therefore very important to apply wall putty before painting as good painting finishes keeps you in good mood leading you to happiness.

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