I always struggle when I am moving because we love to hang things on our walls and when you take them down, you find holes in your wall and undoubtedly the person receiving the home will not appreciate have a bunch of holes in the walls. So the question arises is how can you easily patch and paint the holes so you don’t tune over the home with holes in the wall.
You want to follow a three step process to have a good looking wall when you leave the home. This process includes patching, sanding and painting. You will need to get patching compound for your wall, a tool to spread the compound, a sanding tool to level the wall so it looks the way it did and paint that matched the current color and type that is currently on the wall.
The hardware companies have figured out that there are a number if us out here that are not in the business of doing this regularly, but occasionally need to perform thing task. So they had begun to offer kits to make this easier to do and with less hassle. I found a small tube of patching or caulking compound that came with a tool to spread it on the wall for small holes.
They also have kits now with directions if you have a big hole. My family has been known to place their body parts through the wall from time to time leaving a very large hole to patch. We are not violent but are at times clumsy. In our last move one of us stumbled and put our elbow through the wall leaving a hole about 5 inched in diameter to patch and cover. Finding one of these kits made the jobs quick and easy.
You can either get a small kit as mentioned above if you think that will cover your holes sufficiently or you can purchase a larger tube of putty and a putty knife to apply it. With the later you have a putty knife for future projects if you can remember where you placed it. I have purchased many of these and every time I get ready to move I can’t seem to find one or they have started to rust which makes it hard to get a good job out of them. So last time I just got the small kit and dumped the plastic knife that came with it rather than worry about where I left it next time.
Finally, you need to match the paint color on the wall and purchase as small a quantity as is available. Almost always more than you will use in many moves and they get old and don’t perform well on future projects anyway. You will need to find a sample piece of the color. You can most likely find this on one or more of the electrical plates in your home. mot times you will find that someone got lazy and painted a little bit of the plate. You can remove this plate and take it to the big box hardware or other paint store to have the sample matched and they can supply you with a small sample of the paint to use.
Once you have acquired all of the supplied read the directions on the putty lit you have to make sure you understand drying time and requirements before painting. Then you can apply the putty to the holes and smooth them out so it looks as natural to the wall as possible. It is usually easiest to press a small amount of putty into the hole using the putty knife and them draw the knife over the patch to remove all excess putty and level the wall.
Then be sure to allow the putty to dry thoroughly before continuing with the texture or sanding stage. Once the putty to dry see directions to get an idea of the time requirements from the patch kit or putty container. Look at the wall where the patch was supplied and make sure the texture is close to the original texture and there are no blotches of putty that need to be sanded. Sand if necessary and keep it to a minimum.
Finally paint the patch area with a good coat of paint but don’t overdo it. When the paint dries you should not be able to notice that you needed to paint the wall. If the paint match was done well. Move on and you have left the wall in good shape.