Repair Drywall

Do you need to repair drywall? This work can be difficult to get right. If you have a small area, and want to tackle it yourself, follow the steps listed below. If you do not want to tackle the drywall patch yourself, you can hire someone to do it. For those who want to hire someone to do the work, click here to see our repair drywall guide for tips, tricks.

Ok, you decided you want to tackle the work yourself. This guide is for small repairs, nothing large. Go to your local hardware store and get the following items in the drywall or paint section:

You have all the tools to repair drywall. First you will need to mask the area where you are going to do the drywall patch. Take your masking tape and plastic and mask off the area where you are going to do the repair. Also, put some below the repair to catch any of the spackle or sanding debris (for when you sand). Make sure to mask a wide area, to eliminate any additional clean up.

Next step in repair drywall, is to put any of the fiberglass mesh tape over any holes. If your small drywall patch is only a dent or blemish, you will not need to put mesh over it.

Now you are ready to put spackle over the area. Use the spackle knife to apply a even coat of spackle over the drywall repair. If the spackle is going over a deep spot, it may not fill in the 1st pass. If this is the case, let it dry and apply another coat. It may take anywhere from a few hours to 24 hours for the repair to dry enough for an additional coat or to sand. Keep applying coats of spackle until the area is full.

Next you will sand the area and prepare it for texture. Make sure you sand all the edges of the wall repair, as these areas will "show" where the repair is. If you do a good job on the sanding, you will not see the repair after you finish.

After you sand the area, you are ready for texture. The key to spraying with the can style of texture is to warm it up in the sink prior to using it. Go put it in the sink and run hot water over it. Remember, the can is under pressure, so you will want to keep a close eye on it. Make sure you do not over heat it. I usually run hot water over it for 5 mins and shake it up. Then run some additional hot water over it for a few minutes more. You want the can to feel warm. Do this at your own risk, as the contents are under pressure. Do not overheat the can.

The next step in repair drywall is to open the tip on the can texture, to a wide setting for the 1st pass. Spray a even coat of orange peel texture over the wall repair area. Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes, and repeat. The can texture likes to flatten out, so you will need to build it up a little. All of this depends on your existing texture. If the area is very flat, you will want to apply less texture. If it is very heavy, you will want to apply more coats. The key is to put on even coats and build it up slowly. Letting it dry for 10 to 15 minutes in-between coats.

If you have followed these steps properly, you are ready for paint. Congrats! You are a patch and repair person! You have mastered repairing drywall and saved yourself time and money. The same steps from repair drywall apply to repairing plaster.

Repairing drywall can be difficult and it may take a few attempts to "get it right." That is ok. It is easy to fix any areas that do not look right. After the repair drys, take a sanding sponge and sand the repair flat. Apply another coat of texture. Let it dry. If it does not look right, repeat. Sand and texture. Now, if you still are having problems, you can call in a professional. When it comes to repairing drywall, make sure you follow the rules in this guide to selecting a Portland Drywall Contractor.

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