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How to Patch Peeling or Chipped Wall Paint

December 13th, 2011 Tools

Posters are the ultimate decorations for many childhood bedrooms because they're easy to hang and there is plenty of selection. Unfortunately, the way that most kids tend to hang their posters up is simply with tape or sometimes even putty, which is a quick fix but one that can ruin the paint job. Once the posters don't suit your kids' tastes anymore, taking them down will likely result in a few bare patches of wall, as the paint will be ripped off. Even if you're very careful when doing this, there's no way to completely eliminate the risk of chipping the paint. Fortunately, it's easy to fix up these patches. Here's how to do it, according to The Home Depot.

A new coat of paint alone won't do anything to hide the indentations created, so the first step to fixing any chips or flakes is to repair the holes. Begin by using a putty knife or a paint scraper to get rid of any more loose paint, then use a fast-drying patching compound to fill the holes. Just use a putty knife to press the compound into the hole. You don't have to worry too much about how neat you are or how even it is, as you'll be fixing it up later.

Give the compound plenty of time to dry, according to the manufacturer's instructions. Then, use sandpaper to smooth out the patches. You should get rid of any edges and make sure the surface is smooth and even. If the walls have a textured surface, you may need to replicate it by hand. Once the patches are smooth, you can paint over them. Just make sure to mix up the paint very well, as you want the color to be consistent.