To patch small holes in drywall, you can use various repair materials. A few of them are adhesive patches, joint compounds, and a 3M(TM) High Strength Small Hole Repair Kit. You should follow these basic steps to repair drywall holes regardless of the material used.
Repairing small holes in drywall
Luckily, there are a few methods for repairing small holes in drywall. The first method is to use a putty knife to apply a layer of spackle to the hole. Then, using a sponge, wipe the spackling away. This can help fill in several drywall dings at once. When the spackle is dry, you can spot-prime the patch.
Before applying an adhesive patch, you should sand down the hole to make the edges smooth. The patch will stick better if the hole is smooth and free of rough edges. You can also use a putty knife to smooth the hole’s edges before applying the patch. Once you have achieved the smoothness of the hole, place the patch over it and apply even pressure to ensure it adheres well.
If you’re unsure if you can repair the hole, consider using a patch kit. These kits typically contain all the materials needed to complete the repair. However, you should know that large holes over six inches require different patches and more time.
Using joint compound
When you have small holes in your drywall, you can use joint compounds to fill them up. Using a drywall knife, apply compound over the entire surface of the hole and be sure to overlap the corners. You should also centre the joint on the seam. Sand the joint compound lightly with a drywall knife to make it smooth. Once the compound is dry, apply a second or third layer. After the final coat, paint or prime it.
After applying the joint compound, apply joint tape over the area to reinforce and prevent it from shifting. Once dry, remove the joint tape and sand the patch until it matches the surrounding wall. If applying the patch to a large area, apply a primer and a finish coat.
To cover the patch, apply a thin layer of joint compound. Then, lightly mist it with water. After this, you can paint it to match the surrounding wall. However, if the hole is larger than two inches, you might need to repaint the entire wall. Before painting, make sure to prime the wall to prevent the texture of the patch from showing.
Using adhesive patch
An adhesive patch to patch a small hole in drywall can be a fast and effective repair method. However, holes larger than 6 inches in diameter will require a more durable material. Fortunately, you can purchase inexpensive kits with a pair of 8×8 inch fibreglass mesh squares and a small putty knife. After gluing the patch into place, use a putty knife to smooth the patch and the surrounding area. Then, apply three coats of the compound to the patch.
To apply the patch, remove any loose dirt or drywall from the surrounding area. You will need a sheet of adhesive drywall approximately 1 inch larger than the hole itself. You will need to space the patch every 6 inches apart. The hardest part of applying the patch is taping the edges to avoid tearing the drywall. You can use paper tape or mesh tape. For large repairs, you may want to apply a 20-minute setting compound.
You can also use a one-by-four to repair a small hole in drywall. Before applying the patch, cut the drywall board to fit the hole. If you have electrical wires in the area, you will want to cut them off with a drywall knife. Once the drywall patch has been cut to fit the hole, you can apply a thin coat of joint compound. Once this is dry, you can prime the drywall and paint it.
Using 3M(TM) High Strength Small Hole Repair Kit
The 3M(TM) High Strength Small Hole Repair Kit has everything you need to repair small holes in interior walls. It includes a putty knife, primer-enhanced spackling compound, a 4″ drywall repair screen, and a sanding sponge. You can also use 3M Patch Plus Primer, a spackling and primer in one.