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5 Steps To Filling Nail Holes – Correctly!

Are you sick and tired of holes left from nails in your walls? 

Whether is was poor workmanship or just the passage of time, holes often emerge from where nails have been hammered into your walls.

Often, people are reluctant to move pictures on their walls because of the nail holes remaining. Is this a familiar story?

Using the correct tool and good technique, you can artfully hide signs of any holes, from coat hanger hooks or indeed where wall-shelves once hung. The result is a beautifully smooth wall.

Tools required

  1. Spackling compound (for drywall nail holes)
  2. Filler compound for wood (for wood nail holes)
  3. Sanding block
  4. Putty knife (stainless steel)

5 Steps To Filling your Nail Holes

  1. Sand that surface

Proper preparation prior to spackling is essential for removing traces of any former holes.

Gently run a fine sanding block over the hole to remove any ridges. Moving in a circular pattern, rub over the drywall. If sanding wood, however, you should sand in same direction as the wood grain or you will leave marks.

  1. Choose the correct hand tools

For small-scale jobs, your putty knife should have some blade flexibility. This will facilitate an easy spread. The knife helps to push compound right into the hole, reducing any risk of surface scratches from the blade’s corners.

  1. Select and spread compound

Different surfaces require different formulations of compound. Please do ensure to select the correct one for your task at hand.

The best method for spreading involves a two swipe process: one either sideways or downward filling the hole, followed directly by a second swipe towards the opposite direction, wiping away any excess compound.

  1. Apply another compound layer

Different wood filler and spackling compounds shrink to varying degrees, however it is difficult to notice any shrinkage until painting over is complete. For this reason, it is best if you apply another thin compound layer. It might at first appear that your first application completely filled the hole but it is better to be safe than sorry. Repeat step 3 and allow to dry.

  1. Prepare for painting with one final sanding

The area surrounding the hole should be lightly sanded to get rid of excess compound from the second application. Inspect the hole.

Any extra filler that you see, do some spot sanding on it.

A hole free wall!

Paint the wall or wood surface and enjoy a blemish free wall for life!