Drywall, Home improvement, Plaster, Spackle

Patch Your Drywall to Clean and Protect Your Walls

It’s not a big deal, just unsightly at first. However those small holes and cracks in your drywall can easily become larger when ignored and create more problems. As the mother of 2 grown children there are countless places where posters of the latest pop star or video game were hung, now just an unsightly little hole. Not to mention the time someone accidentally put a slightly larger hole in that wall while playing ball inside, I’m sure nobody knows who. Follow the steps below and fix those bothersome holes and cracks easily and efficiently. You can restore the look of your walls and protect them from further damage.

  1. Use a utility knife or a painter’s 5 in 1 tool to remove any cracked plaster, drywall, or chipped paint. You will want to pull away any loose debris or paper and make sure the surface is smooth.
  2. Use a flexible putty knife to apply spackle and fill in any small holes. Swipe on in smooth, even strokes and remove any excess as soon as possible. Follow manufacturer’s directions to let it dry and then buff with a block of fine  sandpaper.
  3. For slightly larger holes you will repeat the process of cleaning and smoothing the area, then apply self-adhesive, fiberglass mesh tape to cover  the whole following manufacturers directions.
  4. Repeat the process of applying spackle to cover the mesh tape, removing any excess with your spackle tool or putty knife. Allow the spackle to dry overnight and then smooth it over by using a block of fine grain sandpaper. It’s best to lay down a drop cloth first to catch the spackle dust that will fall and you may want to wear a mask so as not to inhale any.
  5. Once the process is complete you may need to add a second coat of spackle to make sure it is a completely smooth surface. Then you are ready to prime and paint.

* Below is a video to follow with all the directions for completing these steps and some additional tips and tricks to protect and preserve your walls.

Things to Avoid and Keep in Mind

  • Holes that are larger than 1 ½ inches or so probably need to be repaired with bridging material and a more complex process.
  • Allowing spackle to dry properly between applications is critical to get proper results. Take the time in the beginning to get a good result in the end.
  • When you are done sanding and smoothing the surface after your final coat of spackle it is helpful to use a slightly damp cloth to make sure all particles of dust are gone before applying any paint. You will get the best look and finish and your paint will adhere properly.