“How to patch screw holes?”, has become something of rocket science to many. But it’s nothing more than a walk in the park for a carpenter. And neither will it be for you.
Many people go with cheap remedies by using many types of household items like toothpaste, glue, etc. for patching screw holes in drywall. It may get their work done. But, if you want a more lasting solution then, you must avoid cheap remedies.
Patching Screw Holes in Drywall with Spackling Paste
What I am about to describe is by far the easiest and most popular way of hiding a screw hole. Neither does this require much time nor any previous skills related to carpentry?
You will be needing the following items.
Spackling paste is a putty type patching compound. It is used to fill small holes, cracks in wood or drywall. Generally, spackle can be purchased in powder form. The user must mix the powder with water to form the paste type putty.
Putty Knife Scraper
We will use the putty knife scraper to apply the patching compound to the surface. The user can use it as a scraper to remove debris from the screw hole. You can find putty knife scrapers in various sizes, but for patching screw holes, a small one should work fine.
We can use it for smoothing the wall surface before we apply the spackling paste. After the putty has dried, we will use it again to get rid of excess dried spackle and to make the surface smooth.
Paint and Paintbrush
The paint will be applied after smoothing the surface to cover up the patched surface with the help of a paintbrush. Keep in mind that the paint you choose must match the color of the wall or at least similar enough that the difference isn’t easily distinguishable. Use a small and inexpensive paintbrush for painting.
Spackling paste is easily washable with water. But there is no need to ruin your hand during this process. Gloves can protect your hand from the spackling paste. You may use any type of disposable gloves to ensure the protection from them.
Scrape away loose debris from the hole with the putty knife scraper and make the surface smooth with sandpaper. Make sure the wall surface is clean, smooth, and free from debris properly. Else, the spackling paste won’t be smooth and will dry improperly.
Cover the hole with spackling paste with the putty knife scraper. The amount of spackling paste will vary depending on the hole size. For patching a screw hole, a very small amount is required. If you apply too much, it will take too long to dry.
Use the putty knife scraper to smoothen the paste surface. Let the spackling paste dry. You should allow the time recommended by the manufacturers for it to dry before going to the next step.
Smoothing and Cleaning
Now, use the sandpaper over the patched surface to get rid of excess putty and make the surface smooth. Keep smoothing the putty surface until it matches your wall surface. To remove the sand dust of sandpaper, clear the surface with a damp cloth.
Apply paint to the patched surface. Make sure your paint color matches the wall color. Otherwise, anyone can spot the patched surface on your wall no matter how much effort it took. Use a paintbrush to get smooth paint finishing.
“How to patch screw holes in drywall?”, the perfection of this process depends on how accurately you work. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions at the time of mixing spackle powder with water. You have to be careful at the time of applying spackle. Make sure the wall surface is free from debris.
You should allow 24 hours for it to dry if the hole is larger or the layer of spackling paste applied is thicker. Make sure you have smoothened the patched surface properly before painting. Clean the surface again, else the paint will mix up with the dried spackle dust or sand dust of sandpaper.