Monday, January 14, 2013

Recently looking for a cheap fix for a gaping hole in a door (that will be replaced soon enough). The prospect of pouring $10 or more worth of commercial filler into it did not appeal, so paper mache was used. The filler pictured is made only of shredded newspaper (soaked overnight and pulped with a drill powered paint mixer) plus a small quantity of bondcrete.

In hindsight, I would experiment with the additional of a small amount of plaster to speed up the drying process. Results definitely warrant the consideration of paper mache as a viable under-filler which could then be skinned with your choice of builder's bog, plaster, etc.

Applied paper mache filler (wet).

Two Weeks Later, fully dried, very strong. Shrank less than expected.

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