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How To Repair Wall Cracks

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Repair Wall Cracks

Over time house walls, and those of any other building, get scratches, holes, gaps, etc. Occasionally it is necessary to paint them, but we must also repair these small cracks that make our house look sloppy. To leave the wall in perfect condition before painting, we will explain how to repair wall cracks in a simple, fast and economical way.(Photo: Monica Lou)

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Steps to follow:
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The first thing you need to do in order to repair wall cracks is to gather all the necessary equipment. Go to a paint or hardware store and purchase filling mastic to repair walls; the most popular is "Spackle".

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Read the package instructions. There are different types of Spackle, some require pre-drying for sanding and others do not, so read carefully and follow the instructions given properly.

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Avoid using it in large cracks or holes that are too deep. For these, it is better to use some kind of cement with water.

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You will find that this filling mastic is very practical because it is fast drying, clean and relatively odorless.

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Apply the filler with a spatula, filling the area in need of repair and avoiding getting air inside. Leave the surface smooth so that it needs to be sanded as little as possible.

How To Repair Wall Cracks - Step 5
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If the hole is deep, you may have to apply the filler several times because when dry it can contract slightly.

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To repair wall cracks most effectively, rub with a fine sandpaper with a grit of approximately 120. Depending on the type of caulk you have, do this step with the caulk still fresh or dry.

How To Repair Wall Cracks - Step 7
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Make sure the filler it is completely dry before painting, otherwise it will not absorb the paint well.

How To Repair Wall Cracks - Step 8
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You probably need to apply two coats of paint to match the wall color.

If the cracks are produced by damp, then the problem may be more serious. Take a look at this OneHowTo article to know how to paint a damp wall.

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Tips
  • Note that the drying time of the filler varies depending on the applied quantity, humidity and ventilation. It can take anywhere from 2-24 hours.
  • If you want to repair a concrete wall this solution cannot apply to you. Purchase an epoxy kit and follow the instructions on the package.

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