Small drywall damage from door knobs, rough housing, moving furniture or mounting hardware from artwork, mirrors, tv mounts, window treatments, etc. is a relatively easy DIY task. Small screw or nail holes can even be patched with toothpaste and touch painted to blend in. The age and condition of the paint on your wall and stored paint from when it was applied, are really the key factors in how quickly you will finish drywall repair projects. But it's the quality of the patch work that is critical to restoring drywall walls to look like new. Every painter will tell you, the paint will only look as good as the surface it's applied to. A poor patch with a poor texture match will stand out like a sore thumb through even the best paint coating.
For dents or holes larger than a quarter, drywall texture and drywall tape or mesh will be required to complete the project. Anything over a 2-inch square will require a scrap drywall piece to cut a filler piece along with the following tools:
#DrywallDamage Project Tool List:
- Utility knife or drywall saw. Having both can come in handy, but you won't need both if you only own or have access to one.
- 12-inch straight edge. A level
- Four-inch putty knife
- Coarse sponge or sandpaper
- Acryllic caulk if the patch matched up to another material/surface such as a countertop, shower, tile finish, etc.
- Drywall pan if a large amount of mud will be required.
- Texture spray for orange peel finishes.
Industry Expert Guest: Rick Thompson of Thompsons Drywall Services
Key Interview Points:
[00:01:36] "whenever we use (drywall) tape whether it's on a crack or anything it has to have the hot mud "
[00:03:29] "You want a square the hole out first so you can measure your new patch"
[00:05:48] "you need to look at the direction of the (existing) texture...(if you are) knocking it down in the other direction that's going to stand out."
[00:09:28] "take your all purpose mud and mix it down and make it (like the texture of) a milkshake "
HOME MAINTENANCE TO DO
January Home Maintenance Calendar To-Do: #DrywallDamage