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Fixing Drywall Dents & Faults

Drywall dents are a snap to fix. This project requires a little joint compound or spackle and the ability to fill, smooth, and finish. Learn how to fix drywall dents quickly and smoothly. 

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1. Fill the dent.

Pack the joint compound and smooth. If the patch shrinks after drying, apply a second coat.


2. Smooth the surface

Sand surface very lightly -- or smooth by wiping with a damp sponge.


3. Finish the repair

Joint compound must be primed before you paint. Some paints self-prime.



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