Repairing Nail Holes in Walls

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Whether it is in a new home you recently purchased or at times when remodels and renovations are taking place, nail holes are going to sooner or later be something in need of repair in your home. As pictures are hung or shelves are affixed to walls, a hole is created. While this is not a big deal as long as long as those pictures and shelves are in place, when they are removed, an obvious blemish remains in the form of that nail hole. If you wish to have something continually hanging over that hole to disguise it, that is one way to conceal it. However, if you wish to have that space clear once more, repairing that hole is in your future.

To repair a nail hole, the most commonly used means is by applying spackling. This will result in a filled hole but you will still have excess spackling to smooth out. While a putty knife will help with this, allowing you to smooth and remove excess, it will not completely make the spackling flush with your wall. If more attention is not given to the area beyond the swipe of a putty knife, the repair will be obvious for a long time to come. Instead of spackling and running a putty knife over the area before calling it good, taking a couple more steps will make for a better overall appearance and less visible repair.

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One way to conceal a patch is by sanding the dried spackling over the patch. Allow spackling to dry fully and then give it a light sanding to further insure it will be flush with the rest of the wall. This will give you additional smoothness in the event that perhaps uneven pressure was applied to the putty knife or some spackling was missed when the knife passed over it.

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While sanding is helpful, it only goes so far if you have a textured wall. Smoothing and sanding a textured wall repair can actually make it more visible as the smoothness will stand out against the texture of the rest of the wall. To prevent your repaired area from being obvious against the background of a textured wall, a damp sponge can be useful. Before your spackling dries, gently wipe away excess with a sponge that is damp but not soaking wet. After wiping the excess, rinse the sponge and go back over the patch in a blotting motion. This will give the patch itself some texture that will ideally be more similar to that of your wall than a smooth, flat repair might have been.

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Once the hole is cleaned up to match the surface of the rest of your wall, allow any moisture to dry before painting. As paint is applied and goes on to dry, you will quickly see the new wall taking shape. With no signs of the nail that was once there, your wall is once again a blank canvas for you to decorate as you wish.

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