By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Repairing a hole in a knockdown finish, also called textured paint, is a challenge because it's not easy to replicate the surface texture, sometimes called orange peel, to match when the repair is completed. These holes can be in a wall or ceiling, resulting from a wayward doorknob that bangs into a wall or a hole left from replacing a light fixture or home electronics. Whatever the reason, there's a solution to fix the damage without a lot of time or money.
The repair is easy, even for a first-time DIYer. It involves cleaning out the hole, applying patching compound to fill the hole and sanding it smooth. If it's a deep hole, more than one coat may be needed to build up the repaired area to be flush with the surface surrounding it. When the hole is repaired, use a Drywall Repair Tool to match the texture of the surface around the repair. The tool is a template that comes in one of three textures: fine, medium or heavy. Place the template over the patched area and apply the compound, then remove the template to let it dry. When the compound is dry, lightly sand the area to blend in with the surrounding surface.
You'll need your own putty knife and sandpaper to do the job. A handyman will charge $203 to make the repair, which includes labor and material; but you can buy the materials for $40 and save 80 percent by doing it yourself. To watch a video of how the repair tool works go to www.drywallrepairtool.com.
The average price to repair textured drywall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.