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A paint scraper being used to scrape away excess plaster from a repaired hole

Overview

Repairing holes is a cost effective way to improve the look of any plaster wall. We show you how to reinforce and patch the hole properly. You will also learn how to prepare the hole and the surrounding surface to help get the best results.

Steps

1Repair the hole in the wall with plaster

Use the handle of your putty knife to tap the edges of your hole down. Then scrape around the edges of the hole with your paint scrapper to remove any flaky paint. Fill the hole with plaster compound and sand the surrounding paint to roughen it up. Now reinforce the hole with pieces of jointing tape, cover the tape with a bit more compound and leave it to dry.
A paint scraper being used to scrape away excess plaster from a repaired hole

2Apply a second coat of plaster to the hole in the wall

Once the first coat of plaster is dry, give it a light hand sand and dust the surface clean with a rag. Then apply a slightly wider second coat of plaster and flatten it out with the blade of the paint scraper. Once the second coat is dry, smooth it out with another light hand sand, dust the surface clean and you are ready for painting.
A paint scraper being used to scrape away excess plaster from a repaired hole

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.