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Patching Drywall

The walls of your new home are at risk as soon as you start unloading furniture. A table or sofa can easily leave a ding or spot on the wall as these large pieces are moved from room to room.

Even if your walls make it through the move unscathed, some cracks can appear as you settle in. Most likely, you're planning on repainting. And that project calls for a flawless painting surface. Repairing common drywall blemishes is quick and easy.

Using the simple drywall repair techniques below, you can make your walls look like new again.

Filling Dings

  • Clean off any raised or loose edges from the dent. Sand the divot to roughen its surface.
  • Load half of a joint knife's blade with drywall compound. With a slow and steady stroke, pass the knife across the ding. Turn the knife 90 degrees, and pull it across the dent again to remove excess compound.
  • Let the repair dry completely. The patch might shrink as it dries. If shrinkage occurs, apply a second coat.
  • Lightly sand the repair to blend with its surroundings. You can also smooth the repair by wiping it with a damp sponge.
  • Apply primer to the area. Note: Joint compounds are porous and must be primed before any painting begins.

Covering Spots

Many spots and marks can be removed with a mild detergent. For tougher stains you may need a tougher approach.

  • Remove as much of the spot as possible with mild detergent, rinsing and letting the area dry completely.
  • Blend the repair with its surroundings as you would with a ding.
  • Spot prime the area with a solvent-based primer to prevent the stain from bleeding through your final coat of paint.

Repairing Cracks

  • Use a dry paintbrush to remove all dirt and dust from the area, and make sure cracks are clean.
  • Apply joint compound as you would with a dent in the wall.
  • Let the compound dry completely and blend the patch with the surrounding area.
  • Apply primer.

Patching drywall is a fast and easy home repair that really makes a difference. These three quick fixes are equally important to settling into your new home and selling your old house. For more heavy-duty drywall projects, check out Lowe's How-To article "Patch and Repair Drywall".

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