Do It Yourself: How To Fill Dents In Drywall

Drywall dents are easy to fix by yourself. Only a few simple tools and materials are needed, along with these easy to follow instructions.

There are so many do-it-yourself problems in the home that just about anyone can do. Learning how to fix small problems can save you money and give you the self-confidence to tackle bigger projects. One of these do-it-yourself projects that are extremely simple is to repair a dent in your drywall. Drywall is the paper-encased gypsum board that is used in building houses today. It is usually relatively durable, but sometimes dents can happen. With a few simple tools and some inexpensive materials, you can have your wall looking as good as new in about a day, depending on the drying time for the joint compound.

The only tool that you will need for this procedure is a standard putty knife. If you don't have one, it can be purchased in any hardware store. The materials needed are a small container of lightweight drywall compound, sometimes also called Spackle, some fine-grit sandpaper, and a dust mask.

First, sand the edges of the dent to roughen them up a bit. This will make it easier for the joint compound to adhere to the wall. Wipe away any dust that has accumulated from the sanding. The dust will prevent the joint compound from adhering to the wall, as well. Don't forget to use your dust mask.

Once the dent has been prepared, open the joint compound. Take the putty knife and scoop up an amount larger than the dent on the edge of the putty knife. Turn the putty knife so that the joint compound is facing the wall. Place the putty knife slightly above the dent, parallel to the wall. Scrape the putty knife slowly over the dent, pushing the joint compound into the indentation. If the dent is not completely filled, repeat this process until it is filled.

Now, scrape the putty knife over the filed dent and surrounding area in a smooth motion several times to remove any excess joint compound. Repeat. Allow the joint compound to dry for several hours for a small dent and overnight for a larger one. It is very important to let the joint compound dry completely.

Joint compound has a tendency to shrink when it dries, so you will probably have to apply more joint compound and let it dry. When the dent is filled and the joint compound is dry, take the fine-grit sandpaper and sand the surface of the dent smooth and flush with the rest of the wall. This will kick up a lot of dust, so make sure that you wear your dust mask. Run your hand over the surface to feel for any ridges that still need to be sanded. You want to not be able to tell that a patch has been made so it blends in with the surrounding wall. Once you have sanded it to your satisfaction, take a damp cloth and wipe away all the dust. Now the area is ready to prime and paint. Joint compound is rather porous, so you will want to prime the area you repaired before painting. Repairing a dent in your drywall is as easy as that.

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