Patching Problems

September 12, 2016

Do you have a hole in the wall that has become an eyesore? Learn how to make your wall look like new.

From the Toolbox:

    • Spackle or other drywall patching compound with mesh patch
    • Putty knife
    • Sandpaper
    • Paintbrush
    • Paint to match existing wall

First, you’ll need to sand down the edges of the hole and remove any loose pieces that may have fallen through the wall during impact. Take the mesh patch and apply it to the hole’s sides and edges. If it doesn’t stick right away, use some of the compound according to the directions to get it to stick. Follow the instructions on the patch label and compound label for specifics.

Once you have the patch in place, apply generous amounts of the spackle with your putty knife until the hole is filled in. Apply from the outside, working your way in, and allow 10-20 minutes in between applications to ensure that the compound is drying accurately and that the patch is not moving. Smooth the compound over the remainder of the patch as much as you can. Once the compound dries, you’ll need to sand it out to make it completely smooth, so for now it doesn’t have to be perfect. For best results, let the spackle dry for at least 24 hours. When sanding, you don’t want to press too hard, so manually sanding it yourself is the best option. Gently smooth out the patch to make it flush with the wall. Paint over the patch with your paintbrush and you’re good to go! You may need to paint over the patch a few times to ensure that the color of the patch matches the wall.


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