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Moving Hacks: Filling Nail Holes

Whether you look at it from the perspective of moving out, or that of moving in, nail holes in the wall can be an issue.

If you are moving out, especially if it is somewhere you have stayed for a considerable length of time, you may have put up – and taken down – many pictures and frames over the years. Now, with the rooms cleared and the walls bare, those nail holes are jumping out at you.

If you are moving in, you may be enthusiastic about a new coat of paint or other decorating touches, only to be dismayed at the reality when those nail holes dot the walls. Unfortunately, they don't disappear when you paint and in fact, they will often appear even more glaringly.

Here are some tricks and tips on how to deal with those unsightly nail holes.

Quick & Cheap

There are times when you are not painting, or for whatever reason you aren't particularly concerned with a long term solution. There are a couple of tips that will save the day.

#1 – You want to match the colour of the wall as closely as possible. No matter what the colour actually is, don't lose heart – you can find something suitable, including:

  • Wax – and you can match shades by adding food colouring to melted white or colourless wax

  • Soap – although the colour range can be limited

  • Crayon – also good for slight scratches in furniture

  • Soft coloured pencil – similar to crayons

#2 – Just rub the material into the nail hole – wax or soap with your finger. With pencil or crayon, you can shave a little off the end with a sharp knife and do the same, or simply draw it in the hole if it's relatively shallow.

#3 – For a truly invisible result, you also want to match the texture of the wall surface. You can use various methods depending on the desired result, from a light dusting of fine sandpaper to fingertips or kids' paint brushes that can match textured paints.

If You're Painting

It's too bad, but new paint doesn't minimize the effect of nail holes or cover them in. In fact, a new coat of paint can serve to accentuate the effect.

  • Materials – you'll want to use patching compound or spackling – the latter can be purchased in small tubes perfect for nail hole repairs. Use putty for larger holes and gouges in the wall.

  • Method – use a putty knife, taking a small amount of the material on the end at a time and smearing it flat into the wall surface. If it's a small hole, you can work the spackling paste in with your fingertips.

  • Leave it – let the material dry and cure overnight.

  • Sand & sponge – use fine sandpaper to smooth it to the surface of the wall and then a sponge to remove any dust residue. If it is a textured wall, then try to fill in and sand only the immediate area of the hole without disrupting the surrounding texture.

Now, you're ready for primer. Nail holes may seem like a minor issue but you don't want to either leave a bad taste in your old landlord's mouth and possibly forfeit your deposit depending on the terms of your lease, or start fresh in a new place with signs of the old tenants glaring down from the wall. It's a finishing touch that makes a difference.

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