Drywall Repair Tools and Materials
Go to your local property improvement store and buy:
(1) 4' Drywall Knife
(1) 12' Stainless Steel Mud Pan
(1-qt) All-Purpose Joint Compound
(1) Drywall Sanding Sponge
(1-qt) Latex-Based Drywall Primer
(1) 2' Angle-Tipped Paint Brush
1. Depending on the quantity of drywall repairs needed, get rid of an proper quantity of joint compound (or 'mud,' as it's generally referred to) from the plastic tub making use of your 4' drywall knife and scrape it off into your 12' mud pan. The notion here would be to maintain the joint compound fresh to ensure that is doesn't dry out-so only take as a lot mud out as you are able to use inside 10 minutes. Otherwise, 'chunks' of drywall mud create, making your drywall repair much more challenging.
2. Briefly perform the drywall mud back and forth within your pan a few times-like you'd knead bread dough. This removes air from the mud to assist lessen bubbles once you location it on the wall.
3. Apply a thin coat of drywall mud towards the crack or dent. Use the knife to scrape the mud flush with the surrounding surface of the drywall. It really is much better to apply 2 or three thin coats of mud (permitting every coat to dry in between applications) versus 1 thick coat. One of the more widespread errors I see with drywall repair is mud which is applied too thick. This rarely outcomes in a great surface and makes for extra time and mess during the sanding phase.
4. Allow the mud to dry. Dry time is very influenced by type and brand of compound, thickness and quantity of mud application, also as ambient temperature and humidity of the room. If you wish to accelerate dry time, grab a hair dryer to dry the region (as seen in this picture of my craftsman Drew).
5. Once the drywall mud is entirely dry, place a drop cloth beneath the region of drywall repair, as you're going to make a mess next! Use your sanding sponge to sand the region flush with the remaining wall. Use lighter pressure as you finish to stay away from gouging or scratching up your work. Some people like to have a buddy hold a shop vacuum as much as the region to suck up all the drywall dust although they perform. Should you decide to complete this make sure you might have a drywall dust or HEPA filter installed-otherwise you will just wind up blowing the dust all through the room.
6. Take a damp paper towel or cloth to wipe down the drywall repair to remove any remaining dust. You can also use a wet cloth or sponge to 'wet sand' the location to obtain an added smooth effect, if desired.
7. Employing your tiny paintbrush, apply a light coat of primer towards the drywall repair. This can seal the joint compound, hide the repaired location, and prepare it to accept paint.
8. When painting the drywall repair, I recommend painting an whole section of the wall, if potential. Despite the fact that you could have left over paint from when the wall was originally painted, or purchased new paint with same formula as the original, it's unlikely to match. Walls age and collect dirt as time passes, altering their appearance and color. Hence, in case you can paint a entire section of the wall, up to a corner or seam, the difference of 'new' versus 'old' paint is much less visible.
9. This is by far the most effective portion of the job: stand back, admire your function, and brag to all your buddies and loved ones how handy you are!