Before you can paint a wall, it is necessary to prepare the surface. This involves patching the wall and it is a step that you have to be careful about. You will also need to use proper equipment and materials for drywall patching, as it is.
Listed below are some effective tips that you can use for drywall repair and patching needs:
Make Use Of Self-Priming Filler
Patches set up with conventional patching materials have to be primed using sealing-type primer, prior to painting. Or else, the patched zones just may pop up after the painting is done. This will mar the look of a freshly painted wall- for sure! So, by using self-priming patching material you can evade hassles and extra expenses.
Use Setting Compound For The Larger Holes
You can definitely use patching compound to fill up small wall dings and screw holes. However, for fixing larger holes on the wall surface, using joint compound is better, those that set up by chemical reactions. These are sold in powder forms and post application needs up to 90 minutes to get fixed. You can also find a version that has faster setting in time.
Make A Dent So That You Can Use Patching Compound
When you remove things like drywall anchor or nail, you will find bits of drywall sticking out or old paint ridge. It is hard to cover those with the patching material. What you need to do here is making a dent in that hole and then filling the dent well. The good-quality putty knives can be used for creating that dent. You may also use a utility knife’s handle or screwdriver handle end for this purpose. Try this with care to dent the wall surface.
Cover The Cracks With Specialized Repair Spray
You will find a few stress cracks on wall appearing near the door and window openings. These are caused by framing movement. While fixing these cracks permanently is quite tough, there is a workaround you can try! There are sprays you can use to hide the cracks. These sprays help in forming a flexible membrane on such cracks that stretch and contract with weather conditions. You will of course need to fill the cracks with patching compound first and then apply the spray atop. The paint can be applied on top of spray. These can be bought online or at hardware shops.
Fill Several Holes In A Row At Once
If there are quite a few holes on the wall that needs patching up, you can cover them all in one stroke and save time and efforts. This is what most veteran drywall tapers do. This not only saves time but actually helps in covering those screw holes better. Of course, the holes have to be positioned in a row, not far from one another.
Use Tapering Knife To Fill Plenty Of Holes/Dents
Sometimes, you will come across areas on the wall where a lot of dents and holes are positioned nearby. Instead of covering each dent individually, you can cover all of them at once by using a wide taping knife. It is best to use ‘all-purpose’ joint compound. You can apply thin layer of this compound on the spots and scrape it off. It may be necessary to do this twice to achieve the best outcome.
Use Stick-On Patches To Fill Midsized Holes
If there are any doorknob-size holes, you may opt for stick-on mesh patches to cover those. They are sold in various sizes at the hardware shops. Before using these patches, clean the surface and sand it a bit. Apply the patch atop the hole and then coat it with layers of joint compound.