wall patch

Wall Patch

It takes a true drywall artist to get a wall patch right! A lot have tried, and failed at getting the repair to look right. It does take a lot of practice to achieve a great finish and blend the repair in.

Wall patch and repair work can be difficult to get right. If you have a small area, and want to tackle it yourself, follow the steps listed below.

Ok, the ones who do not want to DIY, you can hire someone to do it. For those who want to hire someone to do the work, click here to see our guide for selecting the perfect patch and repair crew.

For the "do it your-selfer's" who decided to tackle the work and want to do it. Follow this guide. It is for small repairs, nothing large. Get the following items:

You have all the tools you need to make the wall patch. First you will need to mask the area where you are going to do the repair. 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 you will need to put any of the fiberglass mesh tape over any holes. If your wall 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 wall patch. Use the spackle knife to apply a even coat of spackle over the wall 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 wall patch 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.

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 wall patch and repair person!

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