Repairing cracks, holes or gaps in walls or ceilings is far easier than you would expect when using a high-quality decorator’s filler. Whether you use a ready mix or powder formula, both will permanently fill defects in a single application and leave behind a smooth finish. In terms of which type of filler is best, it’s a matter of personal preference because the ready mix is by far the most popular filler due to its ease of use but powder mixtures are often much cheaper.
To assist you in selecting the right filler, our handpicked selection lists top-performing fillers, chosen based on our first-hand experience filling a range of wall and ceiling defects. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Wall Fillers
After years of repairing cracks and holes on a range of surfaces, we have plenty of experience using a variety of wall fillers. From small holes made by screws to much larger holes, we’ve tested multiple formulas to give us a smooth surface ready for paint.
During our ongoing testing, we analyse the filler’s ease of application, durability, finish, resistance to sagging, shrinking and cracking and its capability with internal and external surfaces.
To give you an idea of how easy it is to apply a wall filler, below is a video we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing our top recommendation (Everbuild One Strike).
As you can see in the video, it was easy to apply to the screw holes and scrape along the wall and we were able to sand it down in just 30 minutes ready for its first coat of paint.
To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest wall fillers (for this article), we are continually testing the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. As shown in the photos below, we recently tested the latest selection of fillers from the Polycell brand as well as our best-rated powder formula, which is the Tetrion All Purpose.
As well as testing a range of fillers, we also based our recommendations within our roundup on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included their type, dry time, filling capabilities, finish, surface compatibility, ease of application and value for money.