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Best Putty Knife Reviews

Best Scrapers and Putty Knife Reviews

OK, a quick look at a few little putty knives. You’re going to need these, and if you purchase this sort of stuff from the net ( and your already reading us here, right??? ) then get them as an add on to your order. It’s cheap, smarter, and a necessity, so really, its dumb money not too.

tekton 114 putty knifeTEKTON 69271 Putty Knife

1-1/4-Inch Flex Putty Knife / Scraper

These are a great price, and well made. The metal has enough flex for a firm fill application, and I find it works for the occasional glazing duty if your fixing up tired looking windowpanes. Remember, patching is about leaving as little fill to sand back off as possible, whilst filling the hole flush. A bit of practice, and this will do just fine.

PRO’s. Cheap, flexible, a very handy unit

CON’s So you only have 1 or 2 patches to do, do you …?


tekton 3 inch putty knifeTEKTON 69275 Putty Knife

3-Inch Flex Putty Knife / Scraper

Nothing wrong with these little units at all, and an absolute necessity if your job has a larger number of cracks and picture hook holes. Firmer than the 1 ¼ unit above, you will use the two items in combo to get the walls all patched and pretty, faster. You will have previously “worked” or kneaded the filler to remove air bubbles. Place a good amount of filler on the 1 ¼ blade, and keep swiping a little more onto the 3’ unit as you fill and go. Keep the 3’ doing the patch, the 1 ¼ as a fill station, and you will have walls ready for the hard work in no time. The 1 ¼ is best as you won’t have enough filler to harden before you need a top up, resulting in a flaky job. If it is that big a job, use a wall sander on the extension pole to sand it all back. So the lesson here is, if you can see more than say 10 cracks before you start, get the 1 ¼ and the 3” Easy, Fast.


red devil painters tool 6 in 1Red Devil 4251 Putty Knife

Painter’s 6-In-1-Tool – Scraper / Putty Knife

They are a “on your belt” item. You will use this thing more than you can imagine, and when you look at a job that has you scratching your head, you will unconsciously reach for it to help solve the problem. If you have a look at it, it’s got points, curves, flats, you name it, and you will use the lot. The curve face is great for scraping heaps of remnant paint out of your roller, you can scrape slag and drips from old work, open paint tins, use it as a piercing to, screw driver, its just crazy where and when you will be dragging it out- want to prise open or split something? Such a simple tool…

No PRO’s & CON’s – it’s all good


GET READY.. to Learn How to Use your Putty Knife / Scraper

The best way to do any sort of home improvement project is to do proper planning before you even start. There are several things you will need, so make a list of supplies you will have to get beforehand. Depending on the number and size of the holes that need to be fixed, your supplies should include:

  • Putty knife: both large and small
  • Sandpaper
  • Patch kit(s)
  • Spackling/Joint compound
  • Drop cloth
  • Utility knife
  • Sheetrock (if you don’t have any, ask your local lumber yard or hardware supply store; most are willing to let you have some small leftover pieces for free); these pieces will help with patching the larger holes.

GET SET… Using your Putty Knife Scaper

Put the drop cloth on the floor directly below the area you will be working on. Wash the areas around the holes to ensure you have a clean surface to begin with. If you are just doing a small hole, the next step is actually patching the hole(s). If it is a larger hole, say from a doorknob going through the wall, you will need to first use a patch kit or your own sheetrock patch to fix it.

The patch kits do come with instructions, but it’s actually fairly simple to do. Use the utility knife to even out the edges of the hole, into more of a square shape. Measure the hole and then cut the screening material in the patch kit to cover it with about a half-inch overlap on the wall. If you are fixing a larger hole, it’s best to use the leftover sheetrock; cut out a slightly smaller piece of the sheetrock to fit snugly within that hole. Before attempting to fit that sheetrock patch, put some of the spackling compound along its edges (also known as “buttering” the edges) to help secure it within the hole. Let it dry a bit and then use the putty knife to apply a thin coat of the compound over the seams. If you use the screen patch, keep in mind that you will have to apply extra joint compound over the screening (this is where the large putty knife comes into play) and taper it down to make it as flush with the wall as possible.

GO! with your Putty Knife!!

Although you can mix it yourself, it is much easier to use pre-mixed joint compound. Just open the container and put a small amount, about the size of a quarter, onto the putty knife. If you have never used a putty knife before, pretend you are putting mayonnaise or mustard (the joint compound) onto a vertical slice of bread (the wall). As you apply it to the hole, gently press the joint compound into the hole and then use the flat edge of the putty knife to spread it nice and even. Don’t apply too much because you do have to sand it all down before you can paint, so a bit of restraint will help save you some time and extra sanding in the end. Let the spackle dry completely, then sand it down so that it is even with the wall. If necessary, apply a second coat.

When you are finished with patching and sanding all of the holes, all that is left for you to do to finish this project is to wipe down the walls with a damp cloth.

Now, it’s a “simple” matter of painting the walls..but that is a DIY project for another day!

Best 3 Scrapers / Putty Knives For Patching And Painting

Putty knives/scrapers are important glazing tools that help workers get around their job easily. They come in different shapes and sizes. They also differ in quality. It is very necessary to make use of the right type of putty knife to make your work smoother and more effective. Generally, scrapers that are flexible are suitable for most types of jobs. For a novice, it may be a little difficult to correctly figure out which scraper/putty knife is most suitable. But experienced professionals can at least tell the difference. If you are new to the world or construction or plastering, you may want to use the best types of materials. This review is going to present the best types of putty knives, considering their smoothness, flexibility, and durability.

Most professionals will agree that using the right type of tool will definitely make things simpler and increase productivity. Scrappers and putty knives are important tools that help you get the job done quicker without creating much mess. If you are considering a replacement tool for your glazing needs, the above types of putty knives will serve you well due to their smoothness, flexibility, and durability. For many experienced craftsmen, using the right type of tool could be the difference between an excellent glazing work and a poorly done task. Putty knives are great when patching cracks and holes in walls. Your job will become easier and less messy if you make use of the right type. When selecting a putty knife, the quality of the material and blade matters, and thankfully the models above are made with the highest quality materials. They are therefore, highly recommended for both experienced and beginning craftsmen.

Whether you have just purchased your home or you are a renter getting ready to move to a new apartment, one of the most basic and certainly most helpful home repair do-it-yourself (or DIY) skills you can have is knowing how to use a putty knife to patch holes in the walls. This is especially true for renters because some property owners will actually charge you a fee for every single hole you leave in the walls, no matter how small or large they may be. Developing this simple repair skill is a must-have DIY skill for all.