Before you head after painting your house walls, check the unwanted holes in the wall that may have been created by natural phenomena or even rats. Holes in wall is a common thing in especially Indian homes and fixing them before colouring wall is ideal to protect the walls from further damage. Generally small holes are commonly happens due to reasons such as dampness, at the time of fixing a decorative picture or portrait and placing calendar. To protect your walls from more damage you must fix the holes in the wall before getting them painted.
Small or big holes in walls can be easily fixed, and do not rely on colour agents to fix them properly because such things need acute care with your hands. So try out the things yourself to maintain your walls beauty and to fix wall holes you require:
Start fixing the holes:
- Small tin of primer
- Putty knife
- Role of mesh joint tape
- Tub of joint compound
- Few sheets of fine grade sand paper
- Paint brush
- Small holes are generally created by nailing or drilling on walls to place pictures but they are easy to repair. You can start off with removing high spots and loose paint wherever you see on the wall by using sandpaper.
- By using putty knife, start filling the joint compound into the holes with some force. Apply it properly and leave it overnight for drying.
- Now place the fine grade sand paper over the filled holes and gently smooth out the area to give finish look.
- For big holes in the wall, remove all debris from them and clear it out with sandpaper. Now to fix these holes by taking two pieces of mesh tape, two inches longer than the breadth of the hole. Start placing the tape into the wall, move the first and press it, now place the second tape so that it takes form of letter X.
- Fix them by taking putty onto the tip of putty knife and apply it on the hole. To get it done properly ensure that you do not over fill the compound into the hole. Applying one coat of compound after the other when dried is the right way to fix holes.
- After the holes get dried, use sand paper on the holes to sooth and finish the wall. Make sure you donít smooth the wall for long time else the tape might get expose it will lead to unfinished touch and even indentations.
- Finally smooth the wall area you repaired and clean the wall from any dirt or sagging compound. You can use damp sponge or clean cotton cloth to get this done for better colouring.
- Apply coat of primer liberally on the wall and repaired area using paint brush. Primer enables to create a link between the non-porous surfaces of compound and new colour.