How to Fix a Nail Hole in the Wall

One of the most common repairs that happens in any home, apartment, or flat is a nail hole in the wall. People hang artwork, family photos, or play darts in a home and all of these leave holes that are of equal size and diameter. Sometimes people will even put screws into a wall to hang heavy items. All of these can be repaired faster than you might believe. If you have a white wall, then something as simple as a patch stick can be used to fill in the holes and make them disappear from sight. Even if you have painted walls, a patch stick is going to be your easiest option for the bigger holes from screws. They'll even repair small cracks and dents that can appear over time. The material dries quickly and doesn't require any sanding. It may not even need painting.

Do You Have Extensive Holes to Patch?

If there are a lot of holes to patch on a wall that has been painted, then the end result will look like the wall has been infected with white chicken pox. That's not good for home owners or for rental value. Before painting the wall after the patch has dried, make sure that you inspect the nail holes for peripheral damage around the edges. Nails can create raised, ragged edges on the drywall and this will create an uneven surface to be painted. Fixing this issue is easy. Take any standard drywall sanding tool and lightly sand the hole. Brush away dust, use a damp cloth to wipe the sanding project, and then allow the area to dry. Check to see if the patch is flush with the wall and repeat the above steps until it is. Once flush, it is ready to be painted.

Traditional Joint Compound Works Well Too

The old-fashioned way of repairing nail holes is to use a spatula and some joint compound and it still works. The problem, however, is that excess compound will dry on the wall and create new textures that are visible on the wall. Any mistakes will need to be wiped away immediately or sanded away if it has dried. Then paint over the repair of the nail holes are small, but still noticeable. Sometimes there can be so many nail holes in a wall that it affects the overall texture that has been applied to the wall's surface. In these circumstances, you'll want to spray texture over the dry patch stick or joint compound. If you have wallpaper on your wall, however, the repair can be a little more complicated. Not only must the hole be patched, but the wallpaper must be patched as well. If you have spare wallpaper around, then just apply the glue to the repair site after it has dried and put in the patch. If you don't have spare wallpaper, then you may need to steam some off the wall in a place where it won't be noticed or strip some off of a seam to complete the repair. Repairing nail holes is a rather simple job, but sometimes it can be completed hundreds of times in a home and that takes time. Use these steps to complete the repair and you'll be able to have a nice wall to look at once again.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015


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