Tips for repairing nail holes in walls

Well, it might be that you are renting and ready to move, or that you are redecorating and you are going to move a picture. But you have a nasty nail hole you need to cover. It doesn't take a long time to patch, but it can take a lot of time to get ready and clean up.

Before you go out and find someone else to come patch your drywall holes, read this and you may just find the confidence to do it yourself. It is really not a hard task, don't give up just yet.

Before you start

Make sure that you pull the nail out, if some paper sticks out after you remove the nail resist the urge to pull on it. Try to push the paper back in the hole and if it won't go then cut it off around the hole. Keeping this hole as small as you can is your goal.

If the paper around the hole has already been torn back a little then sand around the hole. Just a small piece of sandpaper will work perfect for this job. You will also want to get all of the supplies you will need to begin.

Make sure you have a putty knife and a compound of your choice. There are many to choose from including spackle, joint compound, or drywall compound. If you bought a powder, then mix it up correctly before you begin.

Another thing you will need to finish up is matching paint. If the wall is white then the patch job may blend just fine, but for any accent colors you will need to have paint to match it.

If the hole is above furniture or even just carpet, it is a good idea to cover the area with plastic in case you drip. Make sure you have a good amount of room to work. It is a good idea to set aside time without other things to worry about that way you won't accidentally forget an important step.

How to fix the nail hole

There are a few things that you can use to patch the hole. If it is a small hole then a toothpick would be a great way to fill it. For slightly larger holes you only need a putty knife.

Be sure you fill the hole and use the putty knife to make sure it is flush with the wall. The compound may shrink when it dries, so you may need to do a second layer. If it is going to shrink it will happen pretty quickly.

After your patch job

When all of your layers have dried completely then it is time to sand off the excess compound. Sand very carefully so that you don't have to do another patch job. Sanding in a circular motion will help it blend the best.

After sanding it is time to paint. You don't have to make a big deal out of painting, just a small craft brush should be perfect. If you don't have the right color paint and you are trying to match it, then know that paint will dry one shade darker than it looks wet.

If your home has walls other than drywall, this probably won't be the best way to patch holes. Make sure if you live in an old house that you use the right patching method.

Now that you are all done you can sit back and admire your work. If you have extra compound then save it for the next patch job you are sure to come across. Now you are a regular do-it-yourself whiz!

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