Patch a Small Hole in a Wall

If you have a hole in an interior wall caused by impact or by a nail, here's how to fix it.

With the right tools and supplies, it's a simple task and will keep your house looking well-maintained.

For a particularly small hole, simply apply lightweight spackling with a putty knife as demonstrated in the video. Allow the spackling to dry a few hours, then touch it up with a little more lightweight spackling. Once it is dry, paint over the spot.

For slightly larger holes, follow the second part of the video, summarized in the step-by-step directions below.

Shopping List

  •   Wall Repair Patch (Aluminum Reinforced)
    found with Untitled products.
  •   Joint Compound
    found with Untitled products.
  •   Putty Knife (medium-size, 3" to 5")
    found with Untitled products.
  •   Sanding Sponge
    found with Untitled products.
  •   Paint Brush
    found with Brushes & Rollers products.

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Shopping List

  •   Wall Repair Patch (Aluminum Reinforced)
    found with Untitled products.
  •   Joint Compound
    found with Untitled products.
  •   Putty Knife (medium-size, 3" to 5")
    found with Untitled products.
  •   Sanding Sponge
    found with Untitled products.
  •   Paint Brush
    found with Brushes & Rollers products.

Project Steps

Step 1:  Apply metal-reinforced wall repair patch

Peel the backing off a self-adhesive wall repair patch. Apply the patch to the wall, centered over the hole.

Step 2:  Apply first layer of joint compound

Use a medium-size putty knife (3", 4", or 5") to apply a thin, even layer of joint compound over the patch. Spreading the joint compound will press it into the fiberglass mesh of the patch and set the patch.

Step 3:  Allow the joint compound to dry overnight

Allow the joint compound to dry for 24 hours. Be sure to rinse off and dry your putty knife so it is ready to use tomorrow.

Step 4:  Apply second layer of joint compound

Apply a second thin, smooth layer of joint compound over the patch, this time applying it to a wider area. Applying the joint compound over a larger area avoids creating a noticeable hump on the wall.

Step 5:  Allow the joint compound to dry overnight

Again allow the joint compound to dry for 24 hours, being sure to clean your putty knife.

Step 6:  Apply a third and final layer of joint compound

Apply a final layer of joint compound over the area, making it as thin and smooth as possible. Try to achieve a smooth transition from the surrounding wall.

Step 7:  Allow the joint compound to dry overnight

Again allow the joint compound to dry for 24 hours. Clean and store your putty knife.

Step 8:  Gently sand the area smooth

Using a sanding sponge or a piece of fine-grit sandpaper on a sanding block, smooth the dried joint compound so that the surface blends seamlessly with the surrounding wall.

If you notice any need for touch-up with joint compound, apply only as much joint compound as needed with your putty knife. Allow it to dry 24 hours before giving it a final sanding.

Step 9:  Paint the area

Touch up the area with paint matching the surrounding wall. A second coat may be applied to best match the surrounding wall.

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