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Tips for Dealing with Dings, Chips and Holes in Otherwise Perfect Walls

By on January 14, 2016
Tips for Dealing with Dings, Chips and Holes in Otherwise Perfect Walls

Once you paint your walls, it’s inevitable that you will get some dings, chips and holes in them at some point. Unless you are living in a house that you have roped off so that no one ever touches anything, Life Happens. Thankfully, you have a number of options so that you can fix these issues and get your walls back to looking great again.

Deal with Dings and Nail Holes

Chair scrapes and other minor dings are quite common annoyances that you’ll want to keep on top of if your goal is to keep your walls looking perfect. When you find this type of mark on your wall, you can apply some speckling compound with a putty knife to fill it. Keep in mind that speckling compound will shrink a bit, which means you may need to apply a second coat to fill the mark completely.

Popped nails may become an issue with your walls as well. They will have originally been set below the surface of the drywall and concealed with joint compound during the wall construction. Over time, the nail heads can pop out enough so that they will make a bump or even break through the surface of the wall.

When you notice popped nails, start by securing the drywall to the framing with drywall screws (one above and one below the popped nail). Next, drive the popped nail gently back into place.

Apply two or three coats of joint compound to cover the screws and the nail, as well as the areas around them. Use a taping knife to spread it. Allow the joint compound to dry between coats.

Once you’ve finished applying the joint compound, sand the area smooth with a fine sandpaper. Apply a top coat of paint to finish the job.

Fix up Chips

Paint chips in your room can distract the eye from an otherwise perfect wall. This is a flaw in your decorating that you will no doubt want to look after quickly. Taking care of it isn’t difficult, but it’ll take a bit of time and effort to complete properly.

The first thing you’ll need to do is remove all the damaged paint chips, including any flaked paint and any loose material behind it. You’ll want to have a flat surface upon which to make your repairs. Use a putty knife to carefully remove all of the loose material, and be careful not to dig too much material out of the wall, since you could cause even more damage if you’re not careful.

Repair the hole using a compound made for this purpose. Apply a thin coat; you can apply a second coat later. Use the putty knife to spread it evenly over the chipped spot on your wall, making sure that it doesn’t stick out over the surface of the wall. Allow the compound to dry completely between coats before continuing to the next step.

Once your compound is completely dry, you can gently sand it. This will ensure that you have a smooth, flat texture that blends in with the rest of the wall.

At this point, you could prepare your wall for painting by adding a layer of primer. Your other option would be to go over the formerly chipped area directly with a top coat in the same color as the rest of the wall. Allow to dry completely.

Fill in Holes

To fill a small hole in your wall, you can use the printer paper method. You’ll need a piece of plain printer paper, 400-grit sandpaper, and some clear Elmer’s glue.

Take the paper and form it into a small paper ball. Stuff the paper ball into the hole, taking care not to allow it to fall into the wall itself if you happen to have hollow walls.

Now cut a piece of the paper that will fit over top of the hole in the wall. Wet it with the clear Elmer’s glue, making sure that both sides of the paper are wet. Place the wet piece of paper onto your wall and smooth it out. You’ll also want to make sure that the paper doesn’t get pushed into the indentation where the hole in the wall is located. Wait for the glue-soaked paper to dry thoroughly.

Use your sandpaper to sand over the dry paper. If there is still a low spot, you can fill it like you would a chip or a nail hole. Once it’s level with the rest of the wall, you can paint over it, and the repair will be complete.

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