Recapping from Part I…
Some wall imperfections can, and often do, occur when we are mounting pictures on the wall or moving furniture. It’s unavoidable if there is a lot of work to be done, and the walls and woodwork are completed.
Let it be known: For every type of finished surface you have in the area, there is a specific method of repair that you can follow if one of those surfaces has been damaged.
Generally, two types of repairs can be made. The first method is the quick fix. It involves patchwork, with a little spackling or caulking. This method is suitable, if there is no real time to do the repair properly, or quality work is not essential.
The second method of repairing a flaw in the wall involves cutting out the damaged portion of the wall or wood substrate, and replacing it with a new piece. To do this, one needs patience and a knowledge of patching methods where the surrounding surface is matched and blended to match the patched area. Having experience here will guarantee a detailed, and qualitative, repair job. Remember: It should look like no repair was ever made.
Repairing a wall damaged by a piece of furniture.
It involves making a repair to a wall where a piece of furniture was bumped against the wall, causing a minor dent in the wall finished with a custom Venetian plaster. In this procedure, the main concern becomes matching the custom plaster, once this type of repair is made.
1. First, sand the area around the indentation until it is perfectly flat. Use #120 sandpaper.
2. Mix a small amount of fast curing powdered joint compound (not the premixed spackle.) Using a putty knife, fill the dented area so the compound rises slightly above the
3. When dry, lightly sand the area so it blends, and is flush with the surrounding area. If there are ridges or texture, try to blend into it. You may have to use the edge of a drywall tool or rougher abrasive. Detailed workmanship is needed here. This is where your creative ability comes in.
4. Applying a touch up using Venetian plaster can be done with a putty knife and a brush. Experiment a little. See how it looks, then wash it off. Keep trying until the desired effect is
You may have to apply a basecoat touch up, and let that dry. Follow up with an overlapping touch up of plaster color. If it’s still not quite right, wash it off and try again.
Added tip: When the damaged area is larger, you may have to use a trowel.
Success comes, of course, when you can no longer see the dent in the wall. And, your plaster touch up is flawless. When done correctly, you should not be able to locate the damaged area at all. The Venetian colors and overlap of the textures aid you in this process.
Recapping “Final note:” It is important to remember that knowing how to repair a minor flaw in a wall is exceeded only by one’s ability to follow the procedures in order to guarantee, hopefully, the best results.
You can learn by making the repair yourself. If you have a professional do the repair, you will learn virtually nothing at all. Of course, if you are a professional in a field other than painting, leave wall repair to someone else. It may your only reasonable choice.
Read: Part III: Repairing a Wall Painted with Semi-Gloss or Gloss Paint.