I am going to paint my bathroom ceiling and am having a problem with a hole in my ceiling. It is small, near a corner of the wall. How do i patch it? Is there a way to do it without having to tape and compound? Or without takiing the whole piece down?
I have had success using caulking to fill fairly good sized holes.Make sure it is smooth when you finish because you cannot sand it.Also make sure it is paintable caulk.Best of Luck
If the hole is 'right through' you should stuff some newspaper into it so there will be backing for your patching material. Make sure the paper does not bulge out beyond the finished surface, then use inexpensive, drywall spackle from the hardware store. I use the lightweight variety that dries quickly and can be sanded. If the surface I'm repairing is textured I usually go back after 10 or 15 minutes and gently scratch and poke the patch to recreate texture (it dries smooth otherwise). When it is completely dry, paint to match the surrounding area. Priming first works best, but if it's a small or discrete area I often skip that step.
Cut the hole out with a narrow blade saw to form a neat rectangle, avoid the corner angle itself if possible. Cut a piece of board slightly larger than the hole and put a small screw through the centre to give you a 'handle'. Manipulate the piece of board at an angle through the hole and lay it inside/on top of the hole. Apply a stripe of appropriate contact adhesive to the edges of the board/hole, (this can be applied before inserting the patch in the hole). Pull the board down over the hole by the screw 'handle' and apply some pressure until the glue takes. You can also hang a small weight from the screw to maintain pressure for longer. When the glue is dry remove the screw. You are left with a neat shallow depression to fill with any appropriate filler. This method will allow you to sand the area to a fine surface so it is indistinguishable from the surrounding ceiling.
You can buy sheetrock repair kits at any home improvement store. They are very easy to use and don't cost a lot.
Wall patches are a great idea. They come in different sizes from 4 inches to 6. Put the patch over the hole and take a heavy weight spackling or like a 20 minute joint compound and spread over the hole patch and be sure to flare out from the end of the patch about 3 to 6 inches. Let dry and sand down as needed and put another coat on. Sand down and make sure its smooth then spray on desired texture. Its really not as hard as it sounds.
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