All things considered one thing we are constantly doing in this house is patching walls. One way or another we always end up with a hole in our drywall by the end of a project, we are in constant need of drywall patch repair. This winter Matt replaced our old thermostats with new energy efficient smart technology ones. I absolutely adore them, but what I don’t adore are the holes in the drywall created in order to fish the lines to the new location of the thermostat. Fast forward 5 months and I am still looking at this.
Beautiful hole in my wall! Thankfully Matt chose a spot that needed some paint work anyway but it’s time for this hole to be gone! 3M DIY
was kind enough to provide us with one of their new Wall Repair Kits to get the job done. Each kit contains an 8oz tub of 3M™ Patch plus primer (if you haven’t ever used this stuff before you are missing out!), a 4″ Self-Adhesive Patch, a 3″ Putty Knife, and a Sanding pad. For this particular repair you will also need paint and a paint brush. The first step to the repair will be to clean the area up by removing any loose drywall or debris such as wallpaper. Since our hole was created by Matt the area was already clean and we are able to skip to step 2. Applying the patch! Remove the paper backing from the patch making sure to cover your hole. You will feel a slight tackiness to your patch which will help hold it to the wall while your Patch Plus Primer dries. Press firmly on the patch to ensure a good bond with your wall. Now you are ready for your 3M™ Patch plus primer . But wait! You don’t want to jump right in you will need to give your a compound a little mix first! Matt explains why in this video.
After your spackling compound has been mixed spread the 3M™ Patch plus primer spackling compound towards the outer area of your patch applying the compound thinner and thinner the further you go. You want the compound to slowly blend into the wall, this is referred to as feathering. Matt talks about that a little more in the following video.
Give your compound about 30 minutes to dry (yes, that fast). If your patch is completely covered and dry you are ready for sanding. Using the 3M™ Advanced Abrasives
sanding pad provided in the kit sand smoothing out any bumps and imperfections in the compound. Be careful not to sand to much causing the mesh patch to show. If this happens you will need to apply more compound and start the sanding process again.
If you want to take your sanding process up a notch check out Matt’s quick tip for reducing the amount of dust created while sanding.
After your sanding is completed you are ready for paint. One of my favorite things about the 3M Wall Repair Kit is the 3M™ Patch plus primer . I’m not sure if you missed it before but the spackling compound already contains primer which is pretty much the coolest thing ever. One thing you can never get back in this world is time, no matter how hard you try. Spending an hour waiting for primer to dry so that I can paint my patched area is almost as exciting as watching the grass grow. Being able to skip this step is pretty wicked awesome!
With the patch completely painted your project is complete. No more hiding the hole in the wall with a painting or just hoping no one notices. In less than an afternoon you can repair a hole in you wall with little effort!
I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.