Home Decorator’s Guide to Wall Repair

You try to hang a picture and the hammer misses the mark or your children invent a new game of “Let’s Drive Mommy Crazy and Bang the Wall” – Uh, oh. you’re gonna need wall repair know-how or resort to paying someone to fix that minor ding.

You might find one or two holes or indentations marring that nice smooth wall you used to have! But repairing those imperfections is not that hard. I kid you not – even yours truly, has done it! All you need is a little spackle compound, a putty knife, some 150-grit sandpaper, and some peel n’ stick wallboard tape.I’ll give you some tips on wall repair here.

Patching Peeling Paint:

a. Scrape away all the loose paint with a putty knife (A table knife will do in a pinch, but putty knives are cheap!).
b. Apply spackle to the edges of the remaining paint with the putty knife that you just bought.
c. Sand the dry patch with 150-grit sandpaper until it is smooth to the touch.
d. Paint with matching paint (tip: always keep a little bit of your original paint color for small jobs such as these.)

Filling Nail Holes:

a. Using your trusty putty knife, apply a small amount of spackle to the nail hole.
b. Let the spackle dry.
c. Lightly sand the area with the sandpaper.
d. Dampen a sponge and wipe away the dust residue from the patch.
e. Before you paint, touch up the spot with primer.

Filling Shallow Dents and Holes:

a. Again with the putty knife, scrape away any loose plaster, paint or drywall paper.
b. Fill the hole with a small amount of spackle.
c. Using the smallest putty knife you have that will reach from one side of the whole to the other (to avoid making a dent with the knife edges), smooth out the spackle until even with the surrounding sheetrock.
d. Sand the area with sandpaper and prime.

Cracks in Plaster:

a. Scrape away any wall texture or loose plaster with a putty knife (do you know it makes a good pancake turner too?)
b. Use the wallboard tape to reinforce the crack.
c. Apply spackle to barely cover the tape. Don’t make the spackle repair too thick or the spot will just re-crack and you will be right back where you started!
d. If you must, apply a very thin second coat to cover the edges of the tape.
e. Sand lightly with sandpaper and prime. It might be necessary to re-texture if your wall is textured.

If you are dealing with insects or more precisely, termites, Yes! They do eat drywall…or at least some of it. I think the glue and maybe even the paper. You can learn more about what parts of drywall termites eat¬†and see some gruesome pictures of what they can do to drywall. Trust me on this one, you do not want termites.

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