Painting Over Durham’s Water Putty

This step-by-step guide will equip you with everything you need to know for a successful paint job using Durham’s Water Putty, not just for repairs but also for crafts and modeling applications.

Step 1: Prep Your Surface

Before painting Durham’s Water Putty, ensure that the area you’re working on is clean and free of dust, grit, and oil. Whether you are repairing a surface, crafting, or creating models, ensure the putty fully fills the cavity and use a putty knife to smooth it off. Remove any excess putty before it fully hardens. Allow it to dry completely before proceeding with the painting process. Inspect the dried putty and use sandpaper to smooth out any imperfections or rough areas. Be sure to remove any dust that accumulates before applying paint.

Note: Drying time is dependent upon water added, humidity, and temperature. Any excess moisture
can cause the paint to peel from the putty. Putty will lighten in color as it dries. To determine if your putty is dry, lightly sand your creation. If it’s dusty, then your putty is dry. However, if it feels sticky when you sand or if it balls up on your sandpaper, then give it more time to dry.

Step 2: Painting

Before you start painting, consider applying primer to better seal and protect the surface. While this is not required, it’s recommended for any area that could be exposed to moisture. If your surfaces will be exposed to moisture from underneath the repair, consider applying a top coat before you prime and paint. 


Select a high-quality paint that suits your desired finish and the type of surface you are working with. We do not recommend staining Durham’s Water Putty as stain cannot penetrate the dried putty. Adding stain or dye during the mixing process is an option. Apply the paint evenly using a brush, roller, or sprayer, following the manufacturer’s guidelines. Apply multiple coats if necessary, allowing each coat to dry before proceeding to the next.


Step 3: Inspection and Final Steps

Inspect the painted surface for any imperfections or inconsistencies. If necessary, lightly sand any rough spots and wipe away any dust. Once you are satisfied with the finish, consider applying a protective topcoat or sealant to further enhance durability and longevity. For outdoor areas, a sealant is required to keep out moisture. Durham’s Water Putty is not waterproof and should kept out of direct moisture areas. The putty will absorb moisture, as from underneath porch or deck floors and from condensation within walls. If the dried putty has a chance of encountering moisture, prime. paint and seal the entire exterior to ensure the putty doesn’t absorb moisture.


By following these step-by-step instructions, you can achieve a flawless finish when painting Durham’s Water Putty. Remember to allow adequate drying time between each step and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for best results. With proper preparation and attention to detail, you can enjoy a beautifully painted surface that showcases the durability and versatility of Durham’s Water Putty