How to Fix Small Holes before Painting

Learn how to fix small holes before painting from Brushed Interiors founder David Sartori in this Howcast video.

Alright let’s take a look at this wall. We could have just slapped paint on this wall, but to really do a good job let’s take the time and learn how to fill the nail holes and smooth out the blemishes and make a really smooth nice finish. These here are you mud knives. Spatula, scraper tool, mud pan. Pretty basic tools. This is your basic joint compound, plaster repairers and something that I like to use for smaller holes, bring Pat. Let’s took a look at this. Now these were bolt holes from a television mount, much bigger than nail holes. I’m going to scrape this open of it with my scraper and see what we’ve got. I’m going to scrape it’s a bit to loosen the particles.

These are definitely larger holes. Now I’m going to take a wet rag I’m going to what this down. I’ve got the wall board, the sheet rock underneath and the paper backing of the sheet rock or drywall is loose and it’s kind of peeling off. I’m going to let that down and I might use the backside of my scraper here to push that in to make sure that my hole in indented rather than having particles sticking out. And these are the little tricks that you can do that will really make a nice paint job and are often overlooked by the average homeowner…

Let’s take some of this ready patch. Ready patch dries faster, it’s harder, doesn’t crack, but it is a little harder to sand so you wouldn’t use this on big wide areas. Let’s put one coat of ready patch here… Now it’s not perfect, but that’s going to dry as our first cold and we’ll sand that down. Now this is what you call really getting to know your wall. These deep holes may take three hour, three or four hours to dry and we’ll come back to sand over that and do a skim second coat on top. Okay these mounting holes for the television are just about dry. I’m going to hit it with a little bit of sandpaper and I’m going to go ahead and put this skim coat, second coat topping and make it nice and smooth and beautiful.

Alright and we’re going to wait for that to dry and do another light sanding and she’s ready to paint. Okay these television mount holes, the first coat of plaster was dry, I sanded down slightly and put a second skim coat on top of the joint compound. I let that set, sanded it again nice and smooth and I went ahead and used a mini-roller and puts a water-based primer just over that whole area. So that’s good, that is solid, that is smooth, it’s invisible and is ready for paint.