There are some skills that nearly anyone can learn in a few moments, but they take years to master. Drywall and plaster repair definitely fit into that category. Just about anyone can pick up a bit of spackle and a putty knife and fill in a hole. Repairing drywall damage in a way that is not visible afterward, however, is a very tricky business. A skilled do-it-yourselfer or a professional painting contractor can do this well, but it takes a combination of science and artistry to achieve.
Tips for Drywall and Plaster Repair
- Use good products. Don’t pull out your semi-dried spackle with hardened, old chunks in it. Use good, smooth spackle or plaster repair compound.
- Use good tools. Use a wide-bladed putty knife with a clean, even blade.
- Under-apply the product. Spread it thinly.
- Sand with good-quality, very fine sandpaper once it is completely dry.
- Prime the spot. Once it’s dry, check again to make sure the patch is invisible. If it isn’t, use more spackle or sanding to get it perfectly smooth.
- Repaint the wall. You need to paint from “break to break.” This refers to any natural line or division on the wall that will disguise the seam between new paint and old paint. Interior corners, trim and similar features can provide this hide.
- For more detailed instructions on patching and repairing drywall, follow this link.
Drywall & Plaster Repair Contractor
At ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING, we take pride in crafting perfect drywall and plaster repair. We take the time to do a job right, so that your walls will be smooth and flawless when we’re finished. We can even match textures or do skim coating to make the repair complete. Based in Valencia, California, we serve the Santa Clarita Valley and the whole Los Angeles area.