How to Repair Screw Holes in Drywall

Updated April 17, 2017

Screws tend to come loose from drywall when you least expect it. Even if your walls are in good condition, a screw can pop out with the passing of time. A screw can also spring out of place from new drywall compound. These tiny holes can make your walls look unattractive and ruin the look of the room. You can easily repair drywall holes with a few tricks that make your walls look flawless once again.

Look at the hole. Check to see if there is torn paper sheathing on the drywall underneath the paint layer. Use a sharp knife to clean the edges of the hole, but avoid making the hole any bigger with your knife.

Use the end of a toothpick to add a small dab of fast-drying compound or spackle to fill the hole. Another tool you can use to fill in the hole is the tip of a small artist's palette knife.

Use a putty knife to scrape off excess compound from the hole. You want the hole to be even with the wall. Allow the compound to dry.

Check to see if the compound is even with the wall. Compound has a tendency to shrink once it dries. Apply another layer of compound if you notice the area has shrunk. Allow it to dry.

Remove compound smears around the hole or on the wall with a wet Q-tip.

Sand the repaired area gently with 220-grit sandpaper.

Dip an artist's brush into paint that matches the wall color. Dab a small amount of paint on the repaired area. Allow to dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Joint compound
  • Toothpick
  • Palette knife
  • Putty knife
  • Q-tip
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brush
  • Interior latex paint
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