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Dear members, I need advice on putty-application, as it seems that I am causing a lot of mess when dealing with them. It never dries with a smooth surface, and when I try to sand it, peels off during sanding off, even when left to dry overnight. Some brands dry into a very hard material which is very difficult to even out. What is your favorite putty, as there are many of them around with different handling characteristics, and why do you prefer that particular one?
A rather interesting problem has recently surfaced. My tube of Squadron White Putty went bad in the tube. Picked up a new tube...new package, redesigned tube layout...and when I opened it the putty wasn't putty. What I got was a watery fluid instead of the usual solid putty that should have been about the consistency of thick/stiff toothpaste. The shop where I bought it gave me another tube. Same result when opened, only this time it was a hazy gel. As a backup, I stopped by an auto supply to buy my old reliable spot 'n glaze putty. The counter guy didn't know what I was talking about and finally showed me to the Bondo area. Fine, I thought, since Bondo is one of the companies that makes the putty. What I thought was a tube of the putty came with a tube of hardener so you had to mix them. According to the guy, no one carries the putty any more except for shops that sell to professional auto body shops. Finally went to another auto supply and they actually had another version that was actually had what I was looking for. Had to find it on my own, though, because this counter guy...when I said putty...looked like a deer caught in the headlights as he repeated putty with a question mark. He had no clue. Bottom line is that you normally used the red spot 'n glaze putty as I do, you'd better lay in a few extra tubes. I suspect the stuff's going to become a little hard to find. Incidentally, Testors used to offer a red putty that was exactly the same as what I was looking for. They no longer offer it, of course.