Project 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.
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Time Required

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Done in a Day

You'll need to set aside a day to comfortably complete this project

 

Step by Step Instructions

1 Repair the hole in the wall with plaster
2 Apply a second coat of plaster to the hole in the wall
  • Step 1. Repair 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.
  • Step 2. Apply 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.
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