As a home owner there will come a time when you will need to repair a small hole in your drywall…
Step 1 – Apply mesh tape for strength
For a small repair you can use the CGC patch that is available at your local building supply store. The mesh is applied directly over the hole and is self-adhesive to stay in place
Step 2 – Apply drywall compound
Here we used a powder mix called Sheetrock 20. You can also use a pre-mixed product such as CGC drywall mud. We used the powder for speed, it is mixed with water to create a smooth texture that is easily applied to the drywall.
Apply your drywall compound (mud – trade name) using a drywall trowel or knife. Here we used a 8” drywall knife.
When applying your mud you need to ensure that it is smooth with no deep gouges or indents and that the mud at the edge is “tight” to the wall surface. You do not want huge ridges to have to sand off later. Smooth and tight on every coat of mud applied gives the best result in the fastest time.
Step 3 – Second coat of mud
Every coat of mud should be a larger diameter then the last coat. For example, if you hole is 6” x 6”, first coat should measure approximately 12” x 12”, second coat roughly 16” x 16” and your third coat roughly 24” x 24”. By increasing the size you can create a seamless patch that no one will ever be able to see.
To apply second coat we use a larger drywall knife, usually a 10” – 12” semi flexible knife
Step 4 – Third coat of mud
Same procedure of step 2 and 3.
On this coat we use a minimum 12” drywall knife and depending on the size of the patch we sometimes use a 16” knife to create a seamless patch.
Step 5 – Sand
Using a 120 Grit sanding sponge or paper. Lightly sand the drywall mud in a circular motion from the center outwards.
If you followed the steps the sanding should be minimal and quick.
After sanding run your hand over the patch and make sure your do not feel any ridges. If you feel them, you will see them.
We generally get it perfect after three coats of mud, however if you need to do a fourth or fifth coat, no worries. The goal here is a perfect job, not a fast one!
Step 6 – Prime and paint
Quickly wipe the wall to ensure there is no dust. Apply a quick coat of an interior primer/sealer. This is recommended to ensure that the paint will stick to the new drywall patch with no future issues. Once dry, apply your top coat of paint.
Clean up and hang a nice piece of art or an inspirational quote. I always recommend something that means something to you and your loved ones.
Stand back and admire your work!
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