Repairing small cracks and holes in your walls is an essential home improvement skill. It's quick and easy to do on your own, once you know how. We've gathered together a few good tips and photos to show you how its done; check it out, gather your supplies and give it a try...you can do it!
What You Need
- Light weight spackle or non-shrink joint compound
- Putty knife
- Fine grit sanding block
1. Sand around the crack or use a putty knife to remove any loose paint or drywall.
2. Using a clean putty knife, apply a small amount or spackle over the crack. You need just enough to cover. Adding too much spackle can create more sanding work than necessary, so be frugal.
3. At a slight angle, carefully scrape over the filled area with the putty knife to remove any access spackle.
4. Feather the edges, so you get a smooth transition.
5. Let the spackle dry for 30 - 60 minutes, then lightly sand with 200-300 grit sandpaper.
6. You are now ready to paint. Tip: If the crack or hole is large, prime the area before painting the surface. Spackle will absorb the paint differently than a painted wall and you'll be able to see the difference.
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(Image credits: June Bhongjan)