Drywall repair: Small dents, dings and popped nail heads


In the article "Drywall repair: Repairing a medium hole" we taught you how to repair a medium size hole in drywall. There are different  repairing methods which depends on the type of damage we're trying to repair. Search for drywall damage and take a look at picture-results. You'll see that they are a little bit different, thus each one need a specific repair method.

In this post we're going to teach you how to repair small damages. This could be dents or dings, or maybe popped nail heads. However repairing methods are a little bit different even in this scale. So we teach them separately.

Needed material list

  • Drywall patch kit
  • Drywall scraps
  • Drywall Patch plaster
  • Drywall screen
  • Sanding sponge
  • Drywall tape
  • Drywall screws
  • Masking Tape
  • Joint compound
  • Construction Adhesive

Needed tool list

  • Drill
  • Drywall Saw
  • Utility Knife
  • Tape Measure
  • Dust mask
  • Scissors
  • Joint knife

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Before getting started

Before you get to the local store or shop online you should consider that after repair process you're going to repaint the whole wall or just patched areas.

If you'r trying to patch a large number of holes and other damaged areas, it is important that before painting the wall prime it optimizes the surface so fewer coats of top coat paint are needed. specially if you want to finish with shinier paint, cause it's going to show more different between repainted areas than the others.

But if you want to repaint just the repaired area, you can cover it up by dabbing on touch-up paint with a soft cloth.

Also it is very important to observe safety tips. Make sure to wear protective clothes, eye goggles, work gloves and dust mask.

And know the utility placement in your building. You don't want to start working and cut some electricity wires by accident. So locate the wall studs before you begin cutting, drilling or nailing.

Popped Nail Heads in drywall

This is the situation where a popped nail isn't holding in the stud and backs out of the wall. Fixing this type of damage needs a little bit more work.

Step 1: Before repairing the popped nail you have to reattach the drywall to the stud. Put a screw into the wall just about 1 inch above the old one. Sink the screw head just  below the surface so you can cover it with spackle later.

Step 2: Put in the old screw to the wall. It's better than to pulling it out.

Step 3: Level the sunken screw head and nail head with spackle. Then you have to wait until until it fully drys. If the compound has a manufacturer's instruction, it's mentioned how much time you have to wait. Usually 24 hours would be enugh.

Step 4: Sand smooth the area and then you can paint it.

Dents and dings in drywall

Small dents and dings are easier to fix.

Step 1: First you have to get rid of debris. Scrape them away. Use fast-drying spackle to cover the area and (just like popped nail) level it with the drywall surface. And wait for 24 hours.

Step 2: Sand smooth and paint.

Hope it helps.

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