How to Fill a Paint Chip

Written by cody sorensen
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How to Fill a Paint Chip
Chipped paint begins to peel when left unfixed. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A paint chip occurs when an object strikes a painted wall or ceiling. The paint chips off, leaving an obvious gouge in the surface. Paint chips often occur around high-traffic areas such as doorways, hallways and stairwells. Before repainting, the chip must be filled in to ensure the surface maintains an even finish. Failing to fill the chip properly can cause the chip to recur. Wood and drywall paint chips require different fillers to ensure optimal results.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Drywall compound or wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • 120-grit sanding block

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  1. 1

    Open a small tub of drywall compound if you're fixing a paint chip in drywall. If you're fixing a paint chip in wood, use wood putty.

  2. 2

    Scoop out a portion of filler close to the size of the chip using a putty knife.

  3. 3

    Press the filler into the paint chip with the broadside of the putty knife blade. Repeat this process until the chip is filled.

  4. 4

    Allow the filler to dry for 24 hours and then sand it smooth using a 120-grit sanding block. The block will ensure you sand the chip smooth with the surrounding surface. If the filler has shrunk and its level isn't the same as the wall after sanding, apply more filler. Wait another 24 hours before sanding again.

Tips and warnings

  • Drywall compound has a tendency to shrink.
  • Prime the patched paint chip before applying the finish coat.

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