How to Patch a Wall

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

For Best Results:

For large holes, please refer to How to Repair a Hole.

  1. Aerial shot of tools needed to patch a wall

    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Small hole in a wall

    Step 2

    Find areas on your wall with holes or small cracks that need to be patched to create a uniform surface.

  3. Person using a putty knife to scrape off excess dry wall around a hole

    Step 3

    Using the putty knife scrape off any excess dry wall around the holes.

  4. Person covering the hole with a putty knife and spackle

    Step 4

    Grabbing a small amount of spackle with your putty knife, cover the hole by gently pressing the putty knife against the wall to fill the hole.

  5. Dried spackle covering a hole on a wall

    Step 5

    Wait a couple of hours until the spackle is dry to the touch.

  6. Person sanding the dry spackle with a sanding block

    Step 6

    Grab your sandpaper and gently sand to remove any bumps to smooth out the dry spackle.

  7. Person wiping down a wall with a rag

    Step 7

    With a rag, wipe down the wall to remove any excess dust.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Putty Knife

  • Patching Material (Spackle)

  • Sandpaper (100, 220 Grit)
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