Methods of Repairing Drywall Holes

(Last Updated On: February 20, 2017)
Person repairing Drywall holes
Drywall holes repaired by a home owner

For repairing drywall holes, you just need minimum equips. There are different names of drywall like plaster board, sheetrock, wall board and gypsum board. For repairing the drywall holes, simply follow the steps stipulated below. There are many different methods of repairing drywall holes.



Method 1:

  • Putty knife used for patching the drywall hole
    Drywall hole patched by using a putty knife

    Start the process of repairing the drywall holes by cleaning the area to be repaired. Make the use of utility knife and trim off the edges, well the frayed edges and press of any drywall chunks hanging out from the walls. Flap them back to the walls.

  • It’s advisable of using a spray bottle before you start repairing the drywall holes. Lightly use it and spray the area to be repaired. This will help the joint compound to stick properly. But, if you’re using a non-water based compound, it’s advisable of skipping this step. There are many non-water compounds like fiber polymer, and acrylics.
  • And if you’re facing greasy areas, make the use of Tri Sodium Phosphate that is easily available at the paint centers.
  • Once you’re done with the step of damping and making the wall ready for repair, apply a little amount of non-shrink joint compound by using a putty knife. Putty knife will help in producing a smoother and even surface.
  • It’s advisable of sing wider putty knife for spreading the compound evenly. Now, smooth enough the mud placed on the drywalls by using a putty knife. It’s advisable of working the putty knife in a steady motion for smooth application.
  • Hold the blade in 40 degree angle. If you find that the ultimate finish on the drywall holes is not smooth enough, simply wipe off the surface of the putty knife and re-wet it again for using it second time.
  • Always use in a single motion direction or applying the compound. It’s okay for failing for once, because you’re having ample of time and space for trying your experience of the drywalls.
  • But as you’re working on drywall holes, it requires many layers of compound. It’s advisable of applying many thin coats than applying a single coat of filling that hole. It will help in preventing cracking and bubbling during the drying process.
  • Even, it requires more amount of drying time, because there are different layers of coating applied to it. It’s advisable of buying a quick drying compound for your drywall holes, which can be easily mixed in a small amount and applied directly on the surface.
  • Now, let the patched area dry totally, before you’re heading forwards for applying another coats. It’s advisable of never applying a second layer of the coating if the first one is not dried thoroughly. Wait for the first one to dry completely.
  • Once the layers are completely dry, lightly make the use of sanding paper for smoothening the surface of your drywall. For enjoying a mirror thin perfection on the surface of the drywall, apply a thin topcoat of the compound on the cracks or the holes. Apply it by using a putty knife on the hairline cracks and the minute holes on the drywalls. At the end, sand up the surface for enjoying a perfect finish of the surface of your drywall.

Method 2:

  • Patch repair of drywall holes
    Person patch repairing drywall holes

    Start by getting a ready-made drywall patch easily available at big box hardware stores or at the home centers. You can use it in the form of peel and stick. It also depends upon the hole. If the hole is caused by hitting the door knob or hitting any other object on the walls, a patch is enough for hiding the hole but it won’t be strong enough for taking it further.

  • Patching the drywall hole with a new piece of drywall is a good option to try with. Trim off the edges of the hole by using a putty knife and press back the chunks which are visible to the walls again. And clean up the area of repair.
  • Cut off the patch or you can even shape it up according to the hole for fitting the hole carefully. It’s advisable of keeping extra patching on all the sides for backing up the patch for attaching to the drywall.
  • Before you start ahead, it’s advisable of cleaning and drying off the area of repair properly. So that it can help in allowing proper attention towards adhesion. Even you can make the use of soapy and warm water that is suitable enough for the process. But, it’s advisable of not letting the drywall get too wet, it might capture stains and damp smell forever.
  • Now, apply the patch on the surface of the drywall and smooth all the edges by using a taped putty knife. This will help in preventing the air bubble from the patch.
  • Make the use of wide enough putty knife for spreading the thin coat evenly of the compound over the area of repair. The aim is to have a smooth surface between the patching and the drywall hole. If the layer of patch work is not fitted properly and evenly, it might look disguise and offer peeling effect in future too.
  • It’s advisable of applying the compound surrounding the patch attached. It should be attached in such a manner that the patch backing is attached and similar to the remaining wall featured.
  • With more practice over the surface, you’ll lean of how to patch up the wall with accuracy. Now, apply a minimal amount of compound selected for patching the drywall hole. Make the use of putty knife for spreading it evenly on the surface of the wall.
  • Smoothen up the compound correctly all over the surface. Pull up the blade of the putty knife towards you by using the angle of 30 degree. It’s advisable of following a single direction, so that you can evenly cover the surface with providing better accuracy.
  • Let the patched area dry thoroughly and if planning for adding second coat, let the first coat dry off thoroughly. Make sure all the coats are dried completely before you head ahead for sanding. And here you are with a nice and sound drywall free from hole and cracks.
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