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Has moving furniture, hanging pictures, or another incident caused damage to your walls and drywall? Drywall damage can occur due to a variety of reasons including nails coming loose, furniture scuffs, cracks in drywall, or old, peeling drywall patches. Correctly repairing your drywall damage will return to walls back to their original, pristine condition.

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Drywall damage can come in a variety of sizes. Holes can range from small holes that are under 1 ½ inches in diameter to larger holes that are bigger than your fist.  The size of the damage will determine the best type of patch you will need for the repair.

The Basics of How to Spackle a Wall

SpacklerFor small scratches, cracks, dents, or holes, it’s best to use a lightweight drywall spackle that is similar to a thick, white putty. For small holes, the basic concept is to fill the hole with spackle using a putty knife or your fingers. Next, carefully apply thin coats of spackle to smooth out the surface of the patched area. Wait for each layer to dry before applying the next one. Before applying primer and painting over spackle, you will sand the surface with a fine grit sandpaper.

Larger holes will require additional steps and the use of a joint compound as opposed to spackle. A joint compound is a plaster-like material used for larger drywall repairs. Each material has some slightly different qualities which make it designed for larger or smaller repairs.

Factors to consider before painting and spackling

The size of the damage

As mentioned above, larger areas of damage to your drywall will require additional steps than just applying a drywall spackle. Oftentimes, the damaged drywall will need to be removed and replaced with either a new piece of drywall or a premade patch kit. The new drywall section or patch will then need to be secured using self-adhesive joint tape and covered over using joint compound. To ensure the repair is sturdy, locating the studs in your walls or installing a support beam behind the patch may be done.

Because drywall damage can sometimes appear worse on the backside (non-visible side) of the drywall, contacting a professional may be smart to avoid further damage for larger repairs.

If your walls are textured

Wall texture can add visual interest and hide any imperfections of your walls. For both flat and textured walls, a quality patch job should not be noticed and blend in with the rest of your wall. Following sanding your patch, your next steps would include applying primer and painting over spackle. However, if your walls have an orange peel, comb, slap, sand, knockdown, or another type of wall texture, using a texture spray or roll-on texture application could be done before painting. Making sure the texture over your patch blends in with the rest of your wall is of the utmost importance or your patch job will be evident.

If a section of your drywall needs repair and the search results of “How to Spackle a Wall” has left you intimidated, do not attempt at DIY. Instead, contact a professional spackler today for a custom quote.

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