How-To Fill in Cracks and Holes | Benjamin Moore

How-To Fill in Cracks and Holes | Benjamin Moore


Now paint can transform a room, but painting
over cracks and holes won’t make them disappear and may even make them more noticeable. So
it’s important to fix them before you start painting. Now here are some basic steps to
filling imperfections in your wall before you start painting. Although cracks are more
common in all the homes, all homes can develop cracks from movement or settling in the home’s
foundation just like it is here. Now you may discover holes and gouges in the wall when
you remove pictures, wall hangings, or shelves like we have right here. Fixing these minor holes and cracks isn’t
hard, so you wanna start by covering the furniture and floors with a drop cloth to protect against
dust and debris. Now before you add filler to minor or hairline cracks use a utility
or putty knife to widen the crack and remove any loose material. Create a trench that is
a little deeper and slightly larger than the crack. Now for long cracks, remove the plaster
or sheet rock material at intervals to help the filler hold. And for small holes, use
a utility or putty knife to dig out the hole, and make the inside of the hole just a little
bit bigger than the outside. The goal is to provide enough space for the filler, and to
help prevent it from falling out of the hole or crack in your wall. Obviously for some
repairs this won’t be necessary if there is already adequate space for filler. Another common issue that requires repair
is nail pox; this is where sheet rock nails have popped and now show. These need to be
counter sunk by hitting them with a hammer; the indentation left can be easily filled.
The next step is to use a brush or vacuum to remove dust and debris. You may also use
a damp cloth. If you don’t remove the dust and clear the area, it may effect how well
the filler dries and grips the surface of the wall. For all these repairs, use spackle
or joint compound as filler. A variety of fillers are available, including ready mixed
and quick drying. Now no matter what type of filler you’re
applying, use a small flexible putty knife for small areas, or a bigger one for large
areas. Spread several thin layers of filler rather than one thick layer. Applying several
thin layers will help create a smoother effect. Now add as many layers as necessary, but make
sure that each one dries before adding another one. Do the best you can to blend the repaired
crack or hole with the rest of the wall. After you’re finished applying the filler,
lightly sand with fine grade sand paper, or wipe the repaired area with a damp cotton
cloth to help smooth and blend the repair with the surface of the wall. Make sure that
the filler is completely dry before you start this process. Now wipe any dust from the wall
with a clean cotton cloth before you start to paint. Now this is important: prime all
repaired areas to help seal the filler, and help prevent it from absorbing some of the
new paint.

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