How to fix a hole in the wall

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Got a hole in your wall? At risk of losing your rental bond when it’s time to move out? Don’t panic – it’s super easy to patch a hole, here’s how to do it.

Tools and materials:

Spatula

Paint scraper

Drop sheet

Sanding block

Wall patches (we used Pfeiffer square wall patches)

Smooth Coat

Safety glasses

Mask

Overview of tools and materials needed to fix a hole in a wall

1. Clean the area

This could get messy, so best to place a drop sheet down to protect your carpet. The next step is to clean up around the hole and get rid of any excess plaster – you want to make this job as easy for yourself as possible. You can use a putty knife or sandpaper block to do this. You want your hole to be clean and dry before you stick the patch on.

Close up of person sanding a plastered hole in the wall

2. Apply the patch

Once you’ve purchased the right size drywall patch (there are plenty of options available at Bunnings), peel off the backing sticker and cover the hole. Press firmly to secure it. Reinforce it by sliding your putty knife or spatula along and press it down nice and firm – you want it to be completely smooth.

Close up of person applying a drywall patch to a plaster wall

3. Apply your plaster

Grab some Smooth Coat and start from the inside of the patch and work your way out, smoothing the plaster over just like you’re icing a cake.

Applying a drywall patch with a putty knife

4. Wait for the first coat to dry

Once your first coat is dry, give the area a light sand – pop a dust mask on to do this bit.

5. Add another coat of plaster

Add another layer of Smooth Coat. Give it one last sand and it should look as though nothing at all has happened! Just like magic!

Spreading plaster over a drywall patch with a spatula

6. Paint

Once your hole is repaired, you’re ready to paint. How easy was that?

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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