Dings, dents and other damage to the drywall in your home are a fact of life. Whether it’s a necessary part of home improvement or the inevitable result of everyday clumsiness and rambunctious children, your home’s gypsum panels will take a beating. Thankfully, fixing drywall is a do-it-yourself repair. Small holes, such as those created by errant door knobs, can be mended with a drywall patch kit. Here’s how to use a patch kit to make your drywall damage fade away.
- Drywall patch kit (available at hardware and home improvement stores and online retailers such as Amazon), should include mesh patch, joint compound, drywall knife and sandpaper
- Drop cloth or plastic sheeting
- Primer and paint to match surrounding wall
Lay a drop cloth or plastic sheeting to protect the work area from joint compound and dust. Apply the self-adhesive mesh patch over the hole.
Use a drywall/putty knife to cover the patch with the joint compound in a crisscross pattern, blending the edges in with the wall. To blend the edges, apply more pressure and use a sharper angle with the drywall knife on the edges of the patch area to thin out the joint compound.
Wait for the patch to dry, and apply another coat of the compound if needed, then sand it smooth.
Repaint the patched area with the same paint as the surrounding wall. Priming before painting will produce a better result, particularly with semi-gloss or shinier paint.
With these steps mastered, you’ll be a pro at smoothing away life’s dings and dents – at least as far as your drywall is concerned.