How to Repair Damaged Drywall Easily

Interior walls most commonly use drywall as the material. Since it’s quite easy for us to repair, but it’s also prone to getting damaged. Moreover, drywall is a relatively soft material. When you have damaged drywall, there are many steps how torepair damaged drywall easily. Read more below.

Repairing Damaged Drywall

Step 1 Chose Drywall Repair Supplies

1. Buy a joint compound

There are 2 types of joint compound that available in stores which are lightweight and all-purpose. Lightweight compound dries faster than the all-purpose ones and it’s also requires less sanding. Although joint compound varies in container sizes but the price of smaller containers can be as much as the larger ones, so buy it wisely. If you resealed it properly, joint compound can be used until 9 months for another area of your home if you need to use the leftover compound.

2. Buy compound applicators and sanders

A joint knife and a metal straightedge is very essential in repairing drywall. They will enable you to apply the joint compound easily and you can scrape away the excess smoothly. With those equipment, the repair job will be done professionally instead of uneven or lumpy. After the joint compound has dried, you better get your sanding sponge to even out the surface.

3. Buy patching supplies for larger holes. 

When your drywall has big holes, you will need a new piece of drywall to cover it up. Buy a piece of drywall and backing boards to hold the drywall in place. Buy them in enough size to fill the hole. Use joint compound and paper tape to smooth out the joints.
4. Buy paint and primer
The last things that you have to buy are paint and primer. Those two will be used to matches the rest of the wall.

How to Repair Damaged Drywall Easily

Step 2 Filling the Dent

1. Sand the edges down

To sand the loose particles away around the edges of the dent, it’s better to use a sanding sponge. To create a rough surface, run the sanding sponge all over the dent itself. This method will make the joint compound that used to fill the dent are able to adhere it easily.

2. Apply joint compound. 

The first thing you do is dipping the joint of the knife for approximately half of the blade into it. To smooth on the joint compound, you can put the knife on the area that dent.  To remove excess compound, you can turn the knife at 90 degree angle to the wall and then run it all over the area again. Make sure to remove the extra compound in the area so it won’t have bumps once it dries.

3. Sand the area

Use a sanding sponge again to blend the area gently with the surrounding wall space. Do this after the joint compound has dried completely. Besides a sanding sponge, you can also use a dampened sponge to smooth the edges of damaged drywall.

4. Prime the area

Before you paint the damaged area, you should prime the area first because joint compounds are relatively porous. If you don’t do this, the paint will look different from the rest of the area. Use a primer with the same color you used to paint the wall if it possible. If no, use the match color.

5. Paint the area

When the primer is dry, the next step is paint the area. Use a soft cloth to paint the area with the wall paint. Use strokes which similar to the strokes that you used to paint the wall and work gently on it so the paint will well-blended after it has dried.

Step 3 Patching a Nail Hole
To patch a nail hole, fill the hole with joint compound. Load the joint compound with the joint knife and push it into the hole. Scrape the excess compound away with the knife too. Hold the knife at a 90 degree from the wall. Make sure the joint compound don’t get to the wall surrounding the hole. Since it will dry and can affect the paint in the area. Load the knife until the compound fill the hole. And when the wall get the joint compound, you can wipe it with a damp cloth.