[This is another of a series of posts concerning our home updates, it is not historical in nature, so be advised.]

After working 5 full days sanding off the old finish from three hardwood floors, we used Minwax Wood Putty to fill the holes in the floor where nails were used to secure carpet tack strips. After 3 days, we went back expecting to sand the spots, clean up all traces of dust, and apply varnish to the floors. What we found were oily circles on the floor everywhere the putty had been used and the putty was still soft. Notice the name of the product is Minwax Wood Putty and there is nothing on the front of the container that gives any hint that the product will not harden.

At that point we looked on the back of the jar and read the fine print that says the product will not harden. I ask you, under what circumstances could you possibly want to use a wood putty that remains greasy and soft? If you use it on trim it will be a dust magnet and look terrible in a short time. If you use it on furniture be prepared to try and get the oily residue out of your clothing when you sit on the chair. If like us, you expect it to fill the holes in your nice hardwood floors, you’ve invited trouble.

This little fiasco caused us the loss of two weekends of progress between applying the putty, removing the putty, and next re-sanding around the perimeter of the rooms to finish removing the oily stains so the varnish will stick to the floor.

After reading reviews, we are by no means the only people who’ve made the mistake of applying the wood putty without reading ALL the information on the jar. One reader likened buying this product to buying a carton of milk and upon getting home finding a notation on the back of the carton that reads, “Do not drink”.

Hey Minwax – why not call your product what it is, “Minwax Non-hardening Wood Putty” so users know what they’re buying? End of rant, back to your regularly scheduled programming. – THF