Monday, July 22, 2019

Patch Drywall Fast

The traditional method of repairing holes on walls is to square the hole, put wood backing behind it, cut and screw on a drywall patch, and then tape the edges. Aluminum patches, available at home centers and paint and hardware stores, give the same results with much less work. The patches, which come in various sizes, are stiff enough to span holes and thin enough to disappear after taping and painting.

Selecting a patch large enough to overlap the hole on all sides by an inch, then stick the patch on. Patches can be cut or overlapped as needed.

Trowel on the first coat of joint compound over the patch, spreading the compound flat enough to see the outline of the mesh though it.

Allow the compound to dry overnight, then apply a wider second coat, followed by a final, third coat after the second coat dries. Spread the compound in thin coats extending 8 to 12 in. beyond the patch in all directions.

After the final coat has dried, sand prime and paint.

1. Clean off broken edges and tears around the hole. Then cover the hole entirely with the patch, sticky side toward the wall.

2. Spread the first coat of joint compound over the patch with a wide taping knife. Let it dry overnight. 

3. When it's dry, recoat the patch and then feather out the compound on all sides to make the patch blend in. 

4. Sand the patched area with a sanding sponge until it feels smooth and even. 


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