Screws, nails or even objects like door knobs slamming into walls are common causes for a drywall repair, and oftentimes are simple enough to complete by yourself with the right knowledge and materials. If you’re confident in completing the job, Texas Professional Painting can help guide you through your next drywall repair project!
Drywall Repair For Small Holes
A wall hole patch kit is incredibly useful when repairing holes in your drywall that are less than 6 inches across, but still require a bit more work than your average nail or screw hole. It’s important to consider the tools and materials needed to complete the repair and have them readily accessible before you get started. Some common materials you’ll need are:
- A face mask
- Spackle or plaster
- Wet sponge
- Putty knife and utility knife
- Wall hole patch
After you have everything you need, you should follow a step-by-step process to ensure that you fill the hole as best as possible and it’s no longer noticeable.
Step One: Prepping The Area
Prep for your repair by cleaning off any dirt or dust around the area you’re patching. Sand the edges of the hole to flatten it evenly with the rest of your wall and wipe off any remaining dust afterward.
Step Two: Applying The Wall Hole Patch
Position the wall hole patch completely over the hole and secure the edges to the wall using a wet sponge. Then spread spackle or plaster with a putty knife, covering the hole and carefully smoothing down the edges of the patch.
Step Three: Sanding And Paint Touch-Up
You always want to sand spackle down with sandpaper after you’ve applied it to the wall and it’s finished drying so that it appears level all throughout. After this, you’re all good to spot-prime and paint.
Drywall Repair For Large Holes
Larger holes in drywall can be a little trickier to cover, as they require a bit more work to be corrected. Holes wider than 6 inches will likely need to be patched with a whole new piece of drywall and will require a 1-foot by 3-foot piece of lumber for support. The process to expect looks as follows:
Step One: Cut The Hole Out
Remove the hole from the wall by cutting out the area around it in a square shape. Place the 1-foot by 3-foot lumber support into the wall and attach it vertically with drywall screws.
Step Two: Cutting And Placing The Patch
Cut a clean-fitting patch from a new piece of drywall and position it snugly into the square opening you previously cut in the wall and secure it with screws. You can also use a special fiberglass drywall tape around the edges for extra support.
Step Three: Spreading Joint Compound And Sanding
Spread the drywall joint compound evenly around the edges of the patch and over the tape if you applied it. Wait for about 24 hours and then return for sanding. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times over the next couple of days and wipe the area with a tack cloth before painting.