Spackle is a compound fit for surfacing or patching damages on walls. It is different from a drywall compound though since you will not be able to wet the compound again, once it dries up. It will also not dissolve in water unlike a drywall compound, which is what you will need in repairing your bathroom walls. It also turns out to give a finer finish than a drywall compound. Spackle also does not shrink. This means that you will not have to apply it many times if you have to repair damages.
Walls, especially those that have been built many years ago, usually have damages and holes caused furniture installation or nails or screws. There are also damages caused when you accidentally crack the wall when moving your furniture or some other mishaps that you may have incurred. Yes, you can paint the wall so that the holes will be disguised. But it is better to have your damaged wall fixed first before painting it so that it will look as new as ever. So, how do you spackle wall damage? Here are some tips.
Clean out the damaged wall or sand off paint from the wall. This is to make sure that you will not spackle that you will not spackle on the wrong place. Measure also the length, to what extent is the damage on the wall. You can tack gently to the wall a wood with a length that would exceed this vertical dimension. This will serve as your guide when you spackle the damaged wall and get the edge where you can blend the spackle with the texture of the undamaged portion of the wall.
Fill in the damaged wall evenly with spackling material. You do not want to sand off spackles that are too thick since they will harden easily and are not usable when dried. You can use a blade or just your finger to fill the spackling compound in the hole. You can also use a putty knife to apply on larger holes and dents. You can also apply several coats until you achieve the desired outcome.
Lightly rub the damaged surface to distribute the spackle. This will also allow the spackle to be blended with the surrounding surface that is not damaged. Sand the area so that after it dries completely. Make sure that you will not overly sand the spackled area to prevent from possible further damage or from repeating the procedure.
Spackling a damaged wall is only one of the many things that you can do. There are several types of damage that need more attention and would require a different kind of repair. Consider what you would do if the nails or screw will pop out, or if there are larger cracks and holes on your wall. You just have to know how to do these basic repairs. It is good to know that you can do these things on your own, without calling out to your local repair men as often as you would need.