Wall Repair

Wall repair work can be difficult to get right. It can be very time consuming, and frustrating. You want the work to look right. Sometimes, you have to have a professional take care of it. If you have a small area, and want to tackle it yourself, follow the steps listed below. If you do not want to handle the wall repair yourself, you can hire a professional to do it. For those who want to hire someone to do the work, click here to see our guide to selecting the right drywall contractor.

Ok, you decided you want to tackle the work yourself. This guide is for small repairs, nothing large. Any novice can follow the steps below and achieve great results. Your local hardware store will have these items. Check for them in the drywall or paint section:

You have all the tools you need to make the wall repair.

First you will need to mask the area where you are going to do the repair. Take your masking tape and plastic, mask off the area where you are going to do the repair. Also, put some masking 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. Mask out two to three feet from the repair. This will catch any overspray when you texture.

Next you will need to put any of the fiberglass mesh tape over any holes. If your small repair is only a dent or blemish, you will not need to put mesh over it. The mesh tape will keep the repair from falling out. Also, it will reinforce the repair, so it will stay in for the long haul.

Time to apply the spackle.

Now you are ready to put spackle over the area. 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.

Sand and touch up the repair.

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. The edges need to be blended into the existing surface. Make sure that you can not see or feel an edge prior to texture.

Time for texture.

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 patch and wall repair person!

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