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How to Repair a Crack

Skill:  Novice DIY'er

Now is the time to repair any wall damage before you paint. Ensure the beauty of your freshly painted walls by repairing any cracks.

For Best Results:

Refer to the how-to for step-by-step instructions on repairing cracks.

 

Suggested Supplies

  • 5-in-1 Tool
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Patching Material
  • Protective Apparel
  • Putty Knife
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper (100, 220 Grit)
  • Scraper
  • Ceiling/Wall Patch

Suggested Products

Step 1

Using 100-grit sandpaper, remove any loose debris from the cracked area.

TIP:
Use a 5-in-1 painter's tool to widen cracks that are less than ¼" wide. This will remove old caulking, paint, and other debris from the cracks and will allow the patching material to bond tightly to the damaged area.
Step 2

Again using 100-grit sandpaper, lightly sand any raised or rough areas. Remove any dust or debris from the area with a water-dampened rag.

Step 3

Using a putty knife, spread a thin layer of patching material into the cracked area. Allow it to dry.

TIP:
To create an even surface, always smooth out (feather) the patching material 1"-2" beyond the repaired area.
Step 4

Use 220-grit sandpaper to smooth the patched area and make it even with the surface.

TIP:
If shrinking of the patching material occurs, lightly sand and clean the area and apply additional layers of patching material as needed.
Step 5

Remove any final dust or debris from the finished repair.

TIP:
If retexturing of the surface is necessary, choose a finish that will match the existing surface. Textured ceiling/wall patch kits are available in aerosol and powder forms. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for application.