Wall Repair Buying Guide

Before you paint your walls, you'll need to repair any holes or cracks in the surface. Use this buying guide to find the right patching material for your project.

Types of Wall Repair Materials

Types of Wall Repair Materials

There are a variety of materials you can use to patch and repair walls—and in most cases, it's an easy do-it-yourself project. Which product you choose will depend largely on the type of surface you'll be painting. Some materials are designed for drywall, others work well on plaster walls, and still others are ideal for filling holes and cracks in wood surfaces, such as molding and windowsills. Here's a look at the most common products available and where they can be used.

Compounds

These easy-to-apply products are usually the consistency of mud when applied. They're available in both powder and premixed formulas. Patching and spackling compounds are great for repairing small holes and hairline cracks in drywall; joint compounds help seal joints between sheets of drywall; and glazing compounds can be used to form a seal between single-pane glass windows and their wood or metal sashes.

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Plaster Patching Materials

Several different products can be used to repair cracks and holes in plaster walls. Patching plaster and plaster of Paris are available in powder form that must be mixed with water. Plaster pencils are easy-to-use tools for small cracks.

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General Patching and Repair

Putty, as well as other materials like epoxy and fiberglass patching, can be used to repair holes and cracks in wood and other surfaces. Putty is easy to apply and can be used to repair baseboards and windowsills.

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Color Putty
$7.59

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Color Putty
$5.31 $2.99

An oil-based wood putty. Used to fill nail holes and imperfections in wood.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When picking out a wall repair product, you'll want to consider both the wall type and the size of the area that needs to be repaired. Different products work best on different materials, and some compounds are better than others at filling large holes and cracks. Before applying any wall repair product, be sure to properly prepare the surface and take necessary safety precautions as you're working.

Drying Time

As you're comparing wall repair products, consider drying time—the length of time it takes for the product to completely set. Compounds and patching materials are workable only before they dry, so you'll want to make sure you have time to apply the material before it hardens. Some materials, such as plaster of Paris, set very quickly, so you may only be able to mix a small amount of the material at a time. Materials with short drying times may be slightly more difficult for the inexperienced do-it-yourselfer because they require you to work more quickly.

Size of Holes or Cracks

Before purchasing a wall repair product, be sure to inspect the wall surface and consider the size of the area or areas you'll need to repair. Some materials are better for hairline cracks, while other materials can be used on large areas. Plaster pencils, for example, can be used to repair small cracks and holes in plaster and wood, but you'll want to use patching plaster or plaster of Paris if you need to repair a large area of plaster. Similarly, spackling is ideal for hairline cracks, but you may need to use a joint compound or patching compound for larger cracks and holes in drywall.

Surface Type and Preparation

Be sure to choose a repair compound that works well with the surface you intend to repair and paint. Regardless of the surface type, you'll want to make sure the area is clean and dry before starting the repair process.

Safety

Consider picking up some safety tools along with the repair compounds. Plan to work in a well-ventilated area, or use a respirator or mask to protect your lungs. Eye protection and gloves are a good idea, too.

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