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Old Jun 02, 2012, 12:03 PM
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What Is Spackle?


Hopefully this isn't too much of a noob question, but:

What is spackle? I see it mentioned in the build threads and I've started some foam projects. Just curious as to what this product is and what it does.

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Old Jun 02, 2012, 12:41 PM
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Lightweight filler.Pick a tub up you think it's empty.
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Old Jun 02, 2012, 04:31 PM
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It's lightweight spackling available at Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart or any other hardware store out there.
Old Jun 02, 2012, 05:22 PM
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Rickter,

Spackle is a brand name of a material made of powdered gypsum and glue. It is used in the drywall industry to fill cracks and holes in drywall, which is also made of gypsum. It has no holding strength so don't plan on it keeping servos and such in place.

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Old Jun 02, 2012, 06:08 PM
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is this available in the Uk and if so what name does it go under..?
Old Jun 02, 2012, 06:14 PM
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Go to any store that sells house paint and ask for light weight hole filler. Like was said, if the container feels empty, that's the right stuff.
Old Jun 02, 2012, 07:53 PM
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Hey Rickter!

As you can see, it is readily available at Home depot, Lowes, Walmart, etc. The brand I use is by "Dap".

As for uses -- I use it in the finishing process. Straight out of the tub, you can use it to fill dings and dents prior to final sanding and painting. I've also used it to make seams and joints disappear in preparation for final coating of paint.

I also use it in the "primer" process -- "Freddie B's Special Sauce" - as I like to call it -- it is a mixture of acrylic paint, minwax polycrilic, talcum powder, water and lightweight spackle. In short, you paint it on, sand it down, and then put your final coat of paint over that.

As mentioned earlier, you would not want to use it to hold anything together or without puting a top coat over it (it is not waterproof, and can be brittle when dry). It's just one of those tools that can be used to make a scratchbuilt foamy appear not "scratchbuilt" and not "foamy".

Hope that helps!
Old Jun 03, 2012, 05:37 PM
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is this available in the Uk and if so what name does it go under..?
Polycel do one,just ask for light weight filler.Don't buy from model shops(price)
Most DIY brands have there own make.
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