Posted in Blog  
  on Aug 24, 2014

How to Fix Holes in Plaster Walls

One of the biggest problems that landlords face is the holes that tenants leave in the walls of a rental property. People want to hang up pictures of loved ones, artwork, shelving, and other items. To do so, holes in the plaster walls are created and in most rental agreements, must be fixed upon moving out. If you're a landlord, use this guide to quickly and affordably repair a number of holes quickly. If you're a tenant, here's how you can make sure you don't lose your security deposit due to nail holes.

Step #1: Fill the Hole

There are a number of ways that you can fill a hole in the wall. The traditional method is to use a drywall putty that you can find at any store that sells home improvement items. Use a spatula, take some putty, and then press it into the hole. Use a damp rag to clean up excess putty around the hole so that the paint on the wall is not affected.

An easier alternative is to use a flexible putty that can be pressed into the hole directly from the tube. These putties can come in a variety of white colors so that you can potentially patch the hole without needing to follow any of these other steps because it will blend right in.

Step #2: Spackle the Area

Once you have filled in the hole on the plaster wall, you are going to need to cover that hole because it will stand out. The fastest way to do this is with a can of instant spackle. You simple shake the can like you would a can of spray paint and then select the level of spackle that you need to have on the wall. Spray this lightly over the hole that has been patched and then allow it to dry according to the instructions that are on the can.

Step #3: Paint the Wall

Once the spackle has dried, you're ready to complete the repair. You will need to get paint that exactly matches the paint color that is on the wall already. Use the paint to cover the patch, including all of the spackle that you have placed on the wall. It is recommended to use a paint that has a primer already mixed in with it because this will cover the area much more effectively and you can often get the job done with just one coat.

Don't use a paint brush to do this job unless the patch you must paint is near a corner seam. The spackle can cause the paint brush to shed fibers and that creates a whole new problem that must be fixed. Use a roller instead that is rated for the depth of spackle that you've placed on the wall. This will allow for 100% coverage so that a seamless repair is created.

In some rental agreements, the charge for a hole in the wall can be as much as $100 per instance. That can quickly erode a security deposit! Save time, save energy, and get the job done right using these three step method of repair. If you have pure white walls or can find a filler putty that matches the color tone, you can even make this a one step process. Follow this guide and you'll improve the value of your property, get your deposit back, and save lots of time.


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