How To Fix Dents In Drywall
#1. You Must Remove the Dent
How you remove the dent is dependent on how large the dent happens to be. Small dents can simply be filled in with some joint compound or specialized putties that will quickly dry and create a flat surface. If this is your need, then fill in the dent and skip on to Step #4. Larger dents, however, must be completely removed from the drywall. Locate the studs in the wall and then cut around the dent, leaving 50% of the drywall at the stud so you can screw in the patch later.
Once you've removed the damaged drywall, you'll need to cut a fresh piece of drywall of the exact measurement and then affix it to the wall. Try to use drywall screws as they will create a better seal and there won't be the risks of hammer damage.
#2. You Must Cover Open Screws or Nails
You can't just use joint compound to cover up nails or screws in a fresh patch of drywall. Over time, the corrosion or oxidation of those nails or screws will bleed through the compound and they can even become loose. Use drywall tape instead. You'll also need to use drywall tape on any seams you have along the studs.
#3. Cover the Tape with Joint Compound
Once the tape is affixed to the drywall, you'll need to completely cover the tape with joint compound. Press into the tape so that putty gets down into the grooves of the tape itself. You'll need to give yourself 4-6 hours to allow the compound to completely dry. Once dry, you'll want to sand the compound so that it is nice and smooth. Make sure you wear a mask any time you need to sand drywall.
#4. Texture the Drywall
If you have texture on your wall from which you've removed the dent, then you'll need to replicate the texture on your patch. The easiest way to do this is with a spray can of texture. Once applied, you can flatten it as necessary to allow for a good match. Use a random pattern so you don't get lines of spray texture. Allow your texture to dry overnight.
#5. Paint the Wall
Now you're ready to finish the repair. Use matching paint to cover up the patch. If you don't have matching paint, then take a digital picture of your wall color and take that image to your local store to have the color matched. If you include primer with the paint, it will often take 1-2 coats to cover the patch instead of 2-3 coats.
Most drywall dents can be removed in a day or two at most with just a few tools. In return, you'll have a wall that looks as good as new.
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