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How to Repair a Hole

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

For a beautiful, clean look, patch any holes in your walls before you apply a fresh coat of paint.

For Best Results:

Refer to the how-to for guidance on repairing holes in your walls.

 

Suggested Supplies

  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Patching Material
  • Protective Apparel
  • Putty Knife
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper (100, 220 Grit)
  • Self-Adhesive Wall Patch

Suggested Products

Step 1

Using 100-grit sandpaper, lightly sand the damaged area. Sand 4"-6" beyond the perimeter of the hole as well. Remove any dust or debris with a lightly water-dampened rag.

Step 2

Cover the hole with an appropriately sized self-adhesive wall patch and press firmly.

Step 3

Using a putty knife, apply 4 inches of patching material around the perimeter of the wall patch. Allow it to dry.

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

Again using a putty knife, apply patching material over the repaired area and feather it 6"-8" beyond the edges. Allow it to dry.

Step 5

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

TIP:
Take care not to sand completely through the patching material as damage to the patch can occur.
Step 6

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.