So I went to buy Elmer's Fill 'n' Finish, aka 'Carpenter's Finishing Wood Filler' and couldn't find it at two different Home Improvement type stores. Has the name of the product changed again? I want to make sure that I don't buy the somewhat similar heavy duty stuff that's too hard to sand. TIA.
Hmmm...where to start...first it was called Fill'n'Finish, then it was called Finishing Wood Filler, then it reverted back to FNF, and now it has yet another name. Carpenter's FWF sounds right.
As best I can tell, Home Depot has stopped carrying it. I had no luck at WalMart, either. Lowe's still has (had) it. I picked up four 16oz tubs there a while back, but I'm down to one in my unopened stash.
After all that trouble, I contacted Elmers. I was told they're dropping the 16oz tubs and only doing the smaller (4 and 8oz) tubs. While I prefer the 16's, I can live with the 8's, as long as I don't have to hit umpteen stores to find one.
Anyway, take Bruce's lead about the product numbers. No matter what the name, the numbers have stayed the same. (E834, E835 and E836 )
I would not even rely on that. Packaging changes (size, shape, color scheme, etc.) *often* results in a UPC change as well. And other factors influence this. For example, if Dr. Pepper is handled by Coca Cola in your area, it will have a different UPC# than the Dr. Pepper that is handled by Seven-Up in another area.
I emailed elmers/borden and asked them if "fill n Finish" has been discontinued or changed labels and what would be the direct replacement.. (fwiw-I can still find it at Lowes Home Improvement stores in both sizes)
here's the email reply>
Thank you for contacting us regarding Elmer's products.
Elmer's actually has several wood filler products. The Fill 'n Finish products are still being made, however they are not our most popular variety. The best places to find them are Ace Hardware, True Value Hardware and Do It Best Hardware stores. If you can't find them at any of the stores near you, I believe you can purchase them from the website listed below.