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
#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,
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
#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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