Be honest, I know we have all swung the door open too hard and set the knob through the wall. Perhaps you punched it if your team lost or worse your wife put the remote controller through it when she was fed up with your sports. Whatever the case may be, if you have one of those”excitement holes”, I’m going to tell you exactly how to fix your small hole in your drywall, the right way! OK, so your going to need some things.
-Fiber glass Mesh Tape
-1 Bag of 20 Minute Mud
-and a little water to the mud
-6 inch Knife (preferably metal)
-A piece of 100-grit Sandpaper
-3in Paint Brush
-Small pail or bucket (for mixing mud)
-Respirator Mask(such as the ones you see nurses utilize )
-You should easily be able to locate all these items at the local hardware or anywhere like; Lowes, Home Depot, Ace, etc..
1) The first thing is to clean out the little hole. Just be certain there is not any loose debris in it. This way once the new mud attaches it attaches itself to the remaining solid sheet and not loose brittle chunks.
2) Take your bucket and mix a small batch of mud. Add water and blend it with your knife. You make this first coat thicker so that it forms to where you spread it and doesn’t run out once you spread it in.Clean your knife off (just on the side of the bucket will be nice ) and scoop up some mud. Lay your knife on an angle and push the mud into the pit as your spread it down and round the hole. Make sure your coat of sand is flat with the rest of the wall rather than protruding past. Let this dry now for about 1hr. , it’s most likely going to crack and shrink as it dries. This is normal and don’t worry as you still have a finish coat to make it fairly.
3) After your first coat is dry, it’s time to break out that elaborate fiberglass mesh tape. It’s sticky so when your put it on it stays. Cover the hole thoroughly and overlap the tape on the good drywall about 2 inches. You may also utilize patch kits which come as one large square piece of fiberglass mesh that may be convenient, but if you buy the roll of it you’ll always have some around to fix any holes that you might/will get in the future. Oh and by the way, you need to use this stuff. It is the only thing that will keep your patch from cracking and falling out.
4) Now it is time to mix up your second batch of 20 minute mud. This time make your mud a little thinner. Add a bit more water this time so the mud spreads easier and is smoother, about such as peanut butter. Remember the cleaner you do this jacket and less excess you leave the less sanding and cleaning you’ll need to do later. Smooth the mud over the tape and smooth it over.
5) Do not be discouraged if this jacket is not as nice as you need it. Let it dry one hour or two and sand it smooth. Use your knife to wash off excess and allow it to dry one more time. (Your third coat shouldn’t take very long to dry.) You can repeat this again if you so desire.
6) Now that your tired of waiting for mud to dry, time to get dusty. This is where you’ll be glad that you have a respirator. Sand your patch smooth one last time.
7) ) Now your ready to prime and paint. Bear in mind, if you don’t use primer you will always see your patch bleed through. If the existing paint is not too old and faded, you can probably get away with just painting over the patch with the same paint and it won’t stick out. You also don’t want to paint only a square over your patch as it will stick out and you will see it. You want to feather the new paint into the old existing paint. Lay your paint on thicker in your patched area and progressively thinner outward into the old paint.
Following these instructions will give you the best possible results. You can try to cut corners but will only have to redo your patch or have an area on the wall you’ll always make certain to stare at.
I hope you’ve found this report to be informative and helpful. Great luck with your next home improvement project!