Patching a Hole in Drywall


A small hole in drywall, let’s say roughly the size of a door knob… or maybe a fist… can be easily fixed with an aluminum wall repair patch, some spackle and a little paint.


Step 1 – Clean the area around the hole. Brush away any loose debris and wash with a non-residual cleaner such as TSP or Dirtex. Let the area dry completely before proceeding.


Step 2 – Trim the aluminum wall patch so it is approximately an inch or so larger than the hole.


Step 3 – If the patch is not self adhesive, apply a thin coat of spackling or joint compound to the surface around the hole. Press the patch into place and use a wide putty knife to smooth a thin layer of spackling or joint compound on the surface of the patch. Be sure to spread the compound evenly over the edges and onto the surrounding surface.


Step 4 – Once the compound is dry, sand it lightly with a fine sanding sponge or 100 grit sand paper. Apply a second coat of compound and let it dry.


Step 5 – Lightly sand the area, again, to a smooth finish and wash with TSP or Dirtex to remove any dust particles. Wait several hours or even a day to allow everything to dry completely and paint the repaired area to match the surrounding surface. Now sit back and watch as your hole problem disappears.


Note: Dap DryDex Spackling goes on pink and turns white when it is ready to sand and paint.


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