November 16, 2022

How to fill nail holes in drywall without painting

How to fix screw holes in walls without painting

When fixing screw holes in walls without painting, you can use baking soda to make your homemade compound. Mix it with white glue. Use a glass bowl of baking soda with a wooden spoon in the bowl. After the end, you should have a white, thick paste-like mixture. Use the concoction to fill in any small nail holes. If the hole is small enough, use glue by itself. Apply the glue with a Q-tip. 

Another option is using a combination of baking soda and liquid glue. Use Elmer’s glue or even a two-part epoxy (Michaels.com). Two-part epoxy dries clear, but the addition of baking soda makes it more white than anything else. Also add baking soda to the glue, allowing it to be a bit more durable. This might take longer than when using glue alone. Make a thick paste from the glue of your choice and the baking soda, and then scrape it into the hole using a putty knife.

Due to color matching, you are allowed to make some choices. Try putting some food coloring into that mixture, for a more accurate match. If you use glue, do not get it on the rest of the wall. To make less work, put a piece of cardboard under the glue bottle to prevent spills.

What do you use to fill nail holes in walls

  • Sparkling paste
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Crayon
  • Wood putty

Using a nail hole cover

  • Apply spackle with the sharp corner of your putty knife. Scoop out a tiny amount of spackle and gently push it into the hole.
  • Let the spackle dry. 
  • Sand the spackled area. 
  • Paint.

Filling nail holes in the wall with soap

If you do not have any of these items in your home, you can fill those small nail holes in walls using soap. Soap should be your last alternative because filling holes in walls with soap is not a permanent fix. It only covers up damage to your walls quickly if you feel behind on time.

Soap is one of the shortest-lasting fixes because it does not last. Use a bar of soap and then scrape it back and forth over the hole until you fill the hole. That way, you have a quick fix if you want to do an actual repair job in the future.

Although the soap does not last, it can still take on paint if needed. Even if you have a white wall, use white soap. There are a variety of soap bar colors that you can take advantage of.

How to fix nail holes in the wall with toothpaste

Toothpaste is a compound that you may have lying around at home. Use toothpaste to fill small nail holes in your wall. It is the fastest way to get the job done. Note that toothpaste easily cracks as it dries (Nih.gov). That is why it is not ideal for filling large holes, especially those made by a hammer. 

If you have a few aspirins, you can crush one or two aspirin and mix them with a small amount of toothpaste. The mixture will seal the hole and will not crack. Apply the toothpaste to the hole, let it dry, and you’re all set. Toothpaste dries out quickly and starts to crumble. It is for a quick fix if you need to fill some nail holes.

Toothpaste will dry hard, meaning it might last for a couple of years. Do not expect it to last long, especially if harsh temperatures and moisture are involved. Using toothpaste is best done with white walls, as its colors will match the best.

Toothpaste comes in many different colors, you might do some color matching.  That way, you can match that color as closely as possible, especially if you expect your job to last for some time. The quick-fix method only works with white walls, since it will only work with white toothpaste. Looking for a small tube of white toothpaste in a store is easier than making your way to a hardware store.

Dap nail hole repair

The hole repair fills nail holes, minor dents, or cracks in walls, ceilings, or woodwork before painting. The formula is lightweight and dries in minutes. It does not require sanding or priming and will not shrink or crack.

Can you use drywall compound to fill nail holes?

Yes, you can use drywall compound to fill nail holes. It is easy to apply and will fill holes, dents, and scratches smoothly to the surface.

How to fill nail holes on textured walls

  1. Spray some with the included straw about halfway into your hole, and then give it a few seconds to expand. Use your putty knife to wipe down the excess sealant, so it is flat on the wall.  Let it dry for a few hours.
  2. Grab some wall spackle and cover the hole that you filled. Expect some turns from pink to white when it is dry.  Put a bit on the corner of your putty knife and press it over the hole.
  3. Make sure you get the spackle nice and flat on the wall and only cover the hole.  After you smooth it on, take a wet paper towel and wipe off any spackle on the wall but not covering the hole.  It will help you to have less area that you have to retexture.
  4. Let the spackle dry for a few hours, or wait until it turns white if you have the color-changing type.
  5. Grab a can of spray-on texture at the home improvement store. Buy the one that more closely matches your wall.  
  6. Shake the can of texture well for a minute or two. Test the spray on a scrap piece of cardboard or newspaper. Adjust the dial on the can, to get the spray as heavy or as light as it is on your wall.  The spray always comes out a bit watery at first, so even if you know where you want the dial to be, always test it.
  7. Spray the texture on the wall lightly in a circular pattern.  The texture spray runs very easily, so build up a bunch of coats instead of spraying it all in one pass. Cover your spackle but do not expect it to be a perfect match since the builder used a big machine to spray the texture on your walls.
  8. With knockdown texture, use a wet putty knife to drag the texture down flatter.  With orange peel, only make sure that you read the instructions on the can. Once the texture is dry, you can paint your wall. If all the stars align, you will not see the patched area.
David D. Hughes
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