How to Patch Nail Holes in Drywall

Decorating a home is normally a fun process. Picking out accessories, deciding on artwork for the walls, choosing colors, arranging everything until it’s “just-so” — these are the exciting parts of decorating.

How to Patch Nail Holes in Drywal

And then there are the maintenance parts. These are the items you’d rather just ignore forever because they’re either too tedious, or you just don’t know how to do them properly. Yes, we’re talking about patching nail holes. When you’re decorating your home — or moving out — you’re going to inevitably end up with a handful of nail holes in your walls.

And since nail holes are glaringly obvious, they shouldn’t be ignored… No matter how much you’d like to pretend they aren’t there.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to patch all those holes in your walls, restoring your walls to smooth, beautiful surfaces.

The Hard Way

Why would we start by telling you the hard way to patch nail holes? Well, because it’s the go-to for many DIYers and contractors. And it works. Many people use spackling or another compound to patch the nail holes, and then they sand the surface. Next, they add texture, followed by primer. Finally, paint is applied. This way is effective.

But there’s an easier way to go from patching to paint.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

At ALLBRiGHT 1-800- PAINTING, prepping walls and patching holes is our job and we’re here to share our process. We believe our method saves a lot of time, and it’s much easier than the method previously described. We use Westpac Fast Set (also commonly referred to as 20 mins). You’ll also need a wet rag, a small paintbrush, and paint the color of your wall.

Nail Holes

Step 1: Remove the nail. Sometimes you can remove the nail with your finger, but if you can’t, use a hammer or pair of plyers.

Patch the nail holes

Step 2: Take a small amount of 20 mins (Westpac Fast Set), and apply it to your putty knife. Don’t go overboard here; you only need a little bit to cover the nail hole. (Don’t have a putty knife? Your fingertip also works.)

Apply to nail hole

Step 3: Fill the hole with the Westpac Fast Set (20 mins). Just focus on filling the nail hole completely. You don’t need to extend out far beyond the hole.

Step 4: Wait about 20 minutes until the compound is dry.

Step 5: Get your wet rag, and simply wipe off the 20 min compound. You didn’t think it could be this easy, did you?

Step 6: Take a small amount of paint (the same color as your wall) and dab it onto the patched hole. You can use a paintbrush for this. You can even use a paper towel, and blend the color in by slightly feathering over the patch.

Patched nail hole

Step 7. Let the paint dry, and stand back to see if you can spot the spot. (Spoiler: You can’t!). Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

Author Bio: Josh Abramson is the chief solutionist of ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING, a residential and commercial painting company serving the Greater Los Angeles Area.

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