Because we are thinking of putting our home on the market in the spring, we decided to update our bedroom and remodel the master bathroom. This meant removing wallpaper, taking down pictures and curtains, painting and redecorating.
Of course when we removed our pictures, block out shades and curtains, this left holes in our walls. Our contractor also made some holes when he was installing and venting our bathroom fan. However, I watched him repair them, and learned a few things. Now I feel like a pro and can easily do this myself.
In the past, my husband always used a product called sheet rock all purpose joint compound. We always used this to patch our small holes, but it was not white like our walls. Our contractor brought over a container of Spackling Paste, and this was about the same texture, but it was white and it did match our walls!
I asked him what the difference was between the DAP Spackling Paste compared to the joint compound, and he said the Spackling Paste was a much smarter choice because it will not shrink over time, and the joint compound will. Who wants to use a product to repair their walls, then spend time painting them, only to discover a few years down the road that the holes weren’t really repaired correctly because the filler ended up shrinking?
DAP Spackling Paste can be used on wood, plaster and dry wall, and it dries fast. In fact, you can sand it down and paint it in as little as a half an hour. When repairing larger holes, this did a good job of filling them so that the surface was flush with the rest of the wall. Of course we needed to then spray a spackling product onto the walls to match the orange peel texture, but that was easy as well.
There may be some non-shrink joint compound on the market, but our contractor has a lot of experience with this kind of repair, and I really trust his judgment on this one. The DAP Spackling Paste worked great on all of our holes, even one that was about a half inch in diameter. After the hole was patched, textured and painted you can not even tell there was a hole there that needed to be repaired.
Having the right tools for the job is so important, and from now on I will have a small container of DAP Spackling Paste on hand for all of those touch ups.