Being a professional decorator, I’ve always got filler in the van and one of my favourites over the past few years has been Gyproc EasiFill.
But what makes this filler so good? I’ve decided to use my years of experience to write an unbiased Gyproc EasiFill review to give you an idea as to what advantages you’ll gain by using this filler as well as some of the disadvantages.
With that being said, let’s jump into the review.
Gyproc EasiFill Review
In order to review this filler, I’ve scored it based on factors such as what type of holes it can be applied on, how easy it is to mix, the drying time and what it’s like to paint over.
For good measure, I’ve also compared it to some of the most popular competitors on the market including Toupret TX110.
What Can It Be Used On?
In my time using this filler, the versatility of Gyproc EasiFill stands out for me.
This filler isn’t just for minor cracks and small snags. Whether it’s filling, skimming, or even tackling large, deep holes, EasiFill gets the job done. It doesn’t matter if you’re going in deep or just giving a thin skim – the EasiFill sands down the same, irrespective of the thickness of the finish.
Mixing the EasiFill
Mixing Gyproc EasiFill is straightforward, but here’s a tip: use slightly warm water instead of cold. Not only does it mix up well, but it also goes off quicker. You can also mix EasyFill 60 with salty water, which solidifies in a cool 10 minutes. That said, don’t mix too much at once; you wouldn’t want it to solidify before you’ve had a chance to use it.
For those working on small jobs, EasiFill 20 is workable for about 20 minutes but it’s not quite dry in that time though. Mix it with hot water to halve the working and drying time. And if you find that the 20-minute setting time is too fast for you, go for the 45 or 60 versions.
Painting Over EasiFill
Now, when it comes to painting over EasiFill, it’s a dream. There’s no flashing or grinning to deal with, and it’s absolutely fine if you’re using vinyl matt.
With that being said, if you’re using durable matt, mid-sheen, or silk, spot priming with an acrylic primer first might be the best course of action to avoid any flashing.
With a few tweaks to the mixing process, you can control the drying time to some extent. I’ve found that EasiFill 45 is excellent for deep cracks that need to dry quickly, while Easyfill 60, mixed with hot water, goes off within the hour if you’re dealing with small snags.
Pros of Gyproc EasiFill
There are several reasons why I’ve become a convert to EasiFill. First, it has a long working time without dragging, and it spreads nicely with the filling knife. Second, it sands down to a great finish – in fact, I’ve found that EasiFill holds up extremely well even when going over it with my Mirka 180-grade sander.
The lack of sinking, even with deep fills, is another major pro.
And I shouldn’t forget the pricing – £27 for a 10kg bag is not a bad deal at all.
Cons of Gyproc EasiFill
Honestly, it’s hard to find significant cons with EasiFill. The EasiFill 20 can dry too quickly for larger jobs, but that’s manageable by choosing the 45 or 60 versions instead.
Comparison with Other Brands
After years of experimenting with different brands, I’ve found that nothing quite compares to a powder filler like EasiFill or TX110. Ready-mixed fillers tend to either take too long to dry or shrink too much.
That said, I’ve noticed the quality of TX110 seems to be going downhill lately. On a recent job, I followed my usual procedure for ceiling cracks with TX110, and they reappeared within a couple of days. When I switched to EasiFill, the problem disappeared.
Compared to other brands, EasiFill comes out on top. Tourpret tends to sink, Tetron is just awful, and Pollyfilla is more for the DIY crowd in my opinion.
In conclusion, Gyproc EasiFill has been a revelation in my work. Easy to mix, great to work with, versatile, and with a finish that’s smooth as silk, it’s a product I wholeheartedly recommend.