How to Patch Drywall

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How to Patch Drywall

7 April 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Drywall is bound to get damaged over the years. Drywall is soft so holes, dents, dings, and scratches of all shapes and sizes are inevitable. Since drywall is soft, it is also relatively easy to repair. In fact, you can buy all inclusive kits that allow you to patch holes of all sizes. These kits are affordable and easy to use as long as you are patient. This article explains how to use a drywall patch kit to make basic repairs.

Have the Right Paint and Texture Before Your Begin

Of course, any patch job will also look much better if you have the right texture and paint to finish the job. This is something very important to consider before starting the project. If you patch drywall, and don't have the exact same paint that is already on your walls, your patch will stick out. If your walls are hand textured, you will be able to figure out how to match the existing texture. If you have an orange peel texture, you can easily match it using a spray texture. Once you have figured out how to finish your patch job, you can get out the kit.

What a Drywall Patch Kit Includes

  • Drywall mud
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Drywall patch (most kits include several pre-cut patches)

Other Supplies You Need

  • Sandpaper sponge (extra fine grit)
  • Putty knife
  • Scissors

Patching Like a Pro

Patching drywall is fairly straightforward. First, find the patch the fits over your hole. You can cut the patch smaller with scissors. Stick the patch to the wall and them spread the drywall mud over it. Spreading the mud smoothly will take a little bit of practice, but it does not need to be perfectly flat and smooth.

Once the mud is dry, you can sand it down to make it perfectly flat. You want to cover the cross grain texture of the patch. You might need to apply a little more mud after you sand it down to cover the texture. Make sure edges bend in with the wall so there are no edges or ridges.

All that is left to do now is to texture the patched area and then prime and paint it. In some cases, matching the texture and paint will be no problem at all. However, you might need to do some trial and error to get a perfect match. Contact local contractors if you have more questions about drywall repair.