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How to Repair Cracks and Holes in Your Walls

Painting over cracks and holes won't make them disappear—and may even make them more noticeable—so it is important to fix imperfections before you start painting. Here are some basic steps. If you haven’t done so, cover the furniture and floors with a drop cloth to protect against dust and debris.

Before you add filler to minor or hairline cracks:

1. Use a utility or putty knife to widen the crack and remove any loose material.

2. Create a trench that is deeper and slightly larger than the crack.

3. For long cracks, remove the plaster or sheet rock material at intervals to help the filler hold.

4. For small holes, use a utility or putty knife to dig out the hole and make the inside of the hole bigger than the outside. This is to provide space for the filler and to help prevent it from falling out of the hole or crack.

5. Where sheetrock nails have popped up, countersink the nail pops with a hammer. The indentation left by the hammer head can be easily filled.

6. Brush or vacuum to remove dust and debris, and wipe the area with a damp cloth.

For best results, ALWAYS READ THE PAINT CAN LABEL. Professionals read the paint can labels to get the paint manufacturers’ most up-to-date information and instructions on the use of each specific paint. Every paint is different, and the labels provide important information, such as the average coverage area per gallon, drying times, number of coats needed, and surface preparation requirements. The labels also give specific safety information that should be carefully adhered to.

7. Use spackle or joint compound as filler, applied with a small, flexible putty knife for small areas, or a bigger one for large areas.

8. For a smoother finish, spread thin layers of filler rather than one thick layer.

9. Add as many layers as necessary, making sure that each layer is dry before adding another.

10. After the layers of filler are completely dry, lightly sand as needed with fine-grade sandpaper to smooth and blend the repair with the wall surface.

11. Wipe any dust from the wall with a clean cotton cloth before you start to prime or paint.

12. Prime all repaired areas to help seal the filler and to help prevent the filler from absorbing paint.

 

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Consider the surface type | Preparing a good surface

Dragging | Ragging
glazing your walls | glazing wood

How to remove old wallpaper

How to paint a ceiling | Using masking tape
How to prepare bare wood | How to paint bare wood

How to make a tinted oil glaze | Applying a glaze

Preparing to paint | How much paint?

Painting walls & ceiling > Order of work | How to apply latex paint

Painting outlet covers | Adding details

Painting between rooms | How to varnish wood

Painting with a roller | When to use paint pad
Preparing paint | Why use a paint bucket

Pickling wood

Procedure for doors | How to paint baseboards

Procedure for windows

Rag rolling | Bagging

Removing flaking paint | How to fill holes

Repainting woodwork | Smoothing between coats

Remedy faults

Sponging on | Sponging off

Stippling | Store bought textured paint

Stenciling

Sizing surfaces | Mixing paste | Measuring cutting lining paper

When to sieve paint | Paintbrush know how

 

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  • Interior and Exterior Painting Techniques

  • Drywall Repair

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  • Decorative Painting Techniques

  • Cabinet Refinishing

  • Choosing the Correct Primer for Your Project

  • The Types of Interior and Exterior Paint and Which is the Best for Your Circumstance

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House Painting Tips & Ideas

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Home Painting Techniques
Appliance Painting Tips
Bathroom Painting Ideas
Bedroom Painting Ideas
Color Ideas For Interior Painting
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Ideas for Painting Kids Bedrooms
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Painting Ideas For A Boy's Bedroom
Painting Ideas For A Girl's Room
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Painting Ideas For Toddler Rooms
Painting Preparation Tips
Tips For Painting Over Wallpaper
Tips On Painting A Room
Tips On Painting Ceilings
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Paint Color Moods

Tips for Faux Paint Finishes

Types of Creative Paint Finishes

 

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How to Sponge Paint A Wall

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How to Patch Peeling Paint

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How to Repair Damaged Plaster

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Interior Paint Problems

 

Exterior Paint Problems

Blistering

Burnishing

Blocking

Caulk Failures

Cracking - Flaking

Foaming - Cratering

Lapping

Mud Cracking

Mildew

Picture Framing

Poor Scrub Resistance

Poor Sheen Uniformity

Poor Stain Resistance

Poor Flow - Leveling

Poor Hiding

Roller Marks - Stipple

Roller Spattering

Sagging

Surfactant Leaching

Wrinkling

Yellowing

 

Alligatoring
Blistering

Chalk Run down
Chalking
Cracking Flaking

Dirt Pickup
Efflorescence - Mottling
Fading-Poor Color Retention
Frosting

Lapping

Mildew

Nailhead Rusting

Paint Incompatibility

Peeling
Poor Galvanized Metal Adhesion
Poor Alkali Resistance
Poor Gloss Retention

Surfactant Leaching

Tannin Staining

Vinyl Siding Warp

Wax Bleed

Wrinkling

 

The Home Repair Guide

Appliance on Fire

Air Pollution in Home

Appliance Plug or Cord Defective

Bathtub Stopper Defective

Carpet Is Stained

Carbon Monoxide in Home

Central Humidifier Overflows

Central Humidifier Is Noisy

Chimney Overheated or on Fire

Circuit Wiring Overloads

Central Air Conditioner Quits

Clothes Washer Quits

Cordless Phone Defective

Defects in Wallpaper

Defects in Wallboard

Dishwasher Malfunctions

Drain Pipes Are Clogged

Drawer Is Stuck

Doorbell Defective

Door Won’t Close Correctly

Earthquake Threatens Home

Excessive Moisture in Home

Electrical Circuit Fails

Electric Blanket Doesn’t Work

Excessive Lead Around Home

Electrical Plug Detective

Fire Inside Home

Fuel Supply Is Cut Off

Furniture Finish Damaged

Flood Threatens Home

Floors or Stairs Squeak

Faucet Drips

Faucet Handle Leaks

Fixture Drain Is Clogged

Furnace Doesn’t Work

Furnace Makes Noises

Garage Door Opener Quits

Garage Door Opener Won’t Close

Gas Smell in Home

Gas Detector Sounds

Gas Appliance Venting Faulty

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Device Defective

Home Has Been Flooded

Home Suffers Earthquake

Home Wiring Inadequate

Home Wiring Short Circuits

Hole in Wallboard

Hole or Crack in Plaster

Hurricane Threatens Home

Ice Dams Form on Roof

Light Switch Defective

Light Switch Defective

Lamp Socket Defective

Microwave Doesn’t Work

 

Manual Garage Door Won’t Open

Mold and Mildew Inside Home

Outlet Receptacle Defective

Oven Thermostat Faulty

Oven Light Burns Out

Power Supply Is Cut Off

Portable Humidifier Malfunctions

Portable Dehumidifier Defective

Physical Contact with Electricity

Phone Doesn’t Work

Radon in Home

Radiator Valve Leaks

Refrigerator Malfunctions

Resilient Floor Is Damaged

Room Air Conditioner Quits

Roof Shingles Leak

Screens Punctured or Torn

Screens Need Replacement

Smoke Detector Sounds

Showerhead Holes Are Clogged

Septic System Backs Up

Special Coverings Stained

Sink Disposal Jammed Up

Steam Iron Works Poorly

Stove Elements Defective

Structural Wood Is Rotting

The well-stocked toolbox

Thermostat Doesn't Work

Thermostat Malfunctions

Thermostat Needs Adjustment

Tile Wall Is Crumbling

Tornado Threatens Home

Toilet Is Plugged Up

Toilet (Old-Style) Runs

Toilet (New-Style) Runs

Toilet Flush Inadequate

Toilet Makes Noises

Toilet Base Leaks

Tub-Wall Seal Leaks

Vinyl Floor Is Stained

Water Heater Leaks

Water Heater Makes Noises

Water Heater Overheats

Water Pipe Leaks

Water Pipes Are Frozen

Water Pipes Are Noisy

Water Pressure Is Low

Well Is Running Dry

Water from Heater Smells

Water in Basement

Window Glass Is Broken

Window Frame Is Stuck

Wood Floor Is Stained

Wood Screws Won’t Tighten

Wood Shingles Damaged

 

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