How To Patch Small Drywall Holes


A big majority of homes have drywall as their interior walls and ceilings. There are a number of great reasons that drywall is so popular in construction. It is easy to add texture to, absorbs paint very nicely, it is very lightweight, and can be securely attached to pretty much any surface in a number of ways. But, drywall is also very popular because it is easy to repair and patch.

Over the lifetime of your home, you will definitely have to patch and repaint your walls a few times. Of course, the bigger your damaged area is, the harder the repair is going to be, but patching drywall is usually a fairly simple task as long as you have a few basic supplies and tools. This article explains how to patch drywall holes that are just a few inches in size. You can use these tools and techniques for patching small screw and nail holes, as well as larger impact dings and holes.

What You Need

The most important tool for the job is a simple putty knife with a flexible metal blade. You will also need premixed drywall patching compound, and whatever texture solution your walls have. Obviously, the job is going to be much easier if you also have the original paint, so you can cover up the patched area once it is repaired. 

Applying a Perfect Patch

The first task is to fill in the hole as densely as possible, leaving behind a surface that is flat and flush. That being said, on bigger holes, it can be hard to make the patch perfect on the first attempt. You often need to do it in stages, allowing the patch to dry before applying the next coat. If it doesn't dry perfectly, it usually isn't a big concern if your wall has a texture. When you add the texture solution, it will cover up most of the inconsistencies.

You just have to be patient because the process is a little meticulous and can be frustrating. You also have to remember that, once you paint over that patched spot, the color will help it blend in even better, making it even more invisible in the end. It is always helpful if you make your patches as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely they are to grow and get further damaged, making them even more annoying to repair.

Contact your local residential drywall services today to learn more. 


12 October 2018

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