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1) [Polycell Products of ICI, England] A registered trademark for several types of white paste fill materials. Fine Surface Polyfilla® contains Calcium carbonate in a styrene-acrylate based polymer. The fine, soft paste dries in 30-60 minutes with minimal shrinkage. After drying the hard fill can be sanded or painted. Some of the other types of Polyfilla® are based on Polyvinyl acetate and/or Gypsum formulations.

2) [Selleys Pty Ltd, Australia] A registered trademark for used for several surface finishing and gap filling products.

3) [Lepage Limited, Canada] A brand name for a commercial wood fill material composed of plaster (calcium sulfate).


Working Properties

Acetone allows dried material to be softened.

Resources and Citations

  • Polycell: Website
  • Selleys: Polyfilla
  • Le Page: Polyfilla
  • Meg Loew Craft, Julie A. Solz, "Commerical Vinyl and Acrylic fill Materials", JAIC 37(1):23-34, 1998. Link
  • Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981
  • Marie Svoboda, Conservation Survey Index, unpublished, 1997
  • Teri Hensick, contributed information, 1998

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