How to Repair Drywall

How to Repair Drywall

The damages on your drywall can be fixed immediately using minimal equipment. Nevertheless, no matter how small or big the problem is, the holes in drywall are not something that can be removed by it.  To conceal or repair drywall with holes of different sizes, you need to follow these steps.

Using Ready Made Type of Drywall Patch

The ready-made type of drywall patches are made available in hardware stores and home centers. The repair experts usually make use of metal backed type of patch due to its added strength. If the drywall holes were caused by a door knob or other object that hits the wall, the use of ready-made patches is an essential way to hide the holes. But, there are instances that these are not enough to stand on the hole.

Cleaning The Hole Edges

The next thing you need to do is to trim those frayed edges of the drywall away with the use of a utility knife. Also, press onto the right place back some small chunks that still hang on the flap.

Shape or Cut Patch to Fit Into the Hole

Be sure to leave some extra backings that surround the patch to attach into the drywall.

Dry and Clean the Repair Area Allowing Maximum Adhesion

To be able to clean the greasy areas of your drywall, use a trisodium phosphate that is available in some paint centers. Soapy water and warm water could also be used to clean your drywall.

Apply Patch to Your Drywall and Smoothen Its Taped Edges Using Putty Knife

The next step to consider on how to repair drywall is to remove some of the air bubbles on it. Then, apply the patch on your drywall and smoothen the taped edges with the use of a putty knife.

Using Wide Blade Knife to Spread The Thin Topcoat of Joint Compound Over The Surrounding Area of Repair

The main goal of using a wide blade knife in spreading the thin topcoat type of compound on your drywall is to create a strong yet smooth transition between the surrounding wall and the patch backing. Since patch backing is usually found on the top portion of your drywall, there is usually an unattractive layered that could be seen on your drywall.  Hence, you need to do something about it by applying compound surrounding the patch in a manner that its patch backing will be feathered gradually onto your drywall.

Smoothen the Compound Using Putty Knife

Smooth out the compound with the use of a putty knife. The purpose of which is to help it endure the repair process. Since compounds that you use on your drywall could create mess, it is best to wipe off the blade, wet it or scrape it all over the wall again.

These are just some of the steps you need to follow when you want to repair drywall. There are still a lot of things you can do to repair your drywall that depend on the damage. But, if you want to make the repair process easy and simple, you may try to follow the above-mentioned tips.

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