Paint over spackle/joint compond

Old 12-22-05, 07:11 PM
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Unhappy Paint over spackle/joint compond

I'm never able to patch sheetrock (when theres a small hole, ding, etc) with spackle and have the final paint topcoat match the un-spackled areas. When the paint dries and the light hits it just right you can see exactly the outline of the spackle area. I always prime the spackle but nothing seems to help. The surface texture of the spackle area appears much smoother and shinnier.

What am I doing wrong? How do I get the spackle area to be 'invisible'?

Thanks for any advice.
Old 12-22-05, 09:23 PM
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In your case, Imnot sure there is anything you can do except make sure that the patched areas is perfectly flush with the wall. This will hide the fact that its a patch as much as possible.

It seems you can always notice the spackled areas because, as you mentioned, they are smoother. But if there is a lip or a bulge, it is just that much more noticeable because then you have a change in levelness (i know its not a word but I was REALLY stuck for the right word) and texture.

In a bigger area, you can hide it with a skim coat of spackle. I just finished spackling and priming a room. The joints and nail holes that were spackled got smoothed out by sanding with a sponge or sandpaper (depending on how much it needed). Then, I went over every inch of each wall with a thin coat of spackle - thinned with water, and applied hard with a 16 inch trowel. YOu end up with the walls all a milky white color. It ties in the spackled areas and the unspackled areas and they end up the same texture when painting. The result is sore shoulders but glass-smooth walls.

You can try that theory if you want to feather out to a larger area. But with a patch it really isnt practical.
Old 12-23-05, 06:32 AM
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I believe the main reason you are seeing the repairs is because of texture differences. Even a slick finish wall will have a little texure from rolling on multiple coats of paint. The repairs should be sanded smooth and then can be lightly textured using watered down joint compound. Sometimes you can duplicate the little bit of texture by dabbing paint on the repair with a sponge. Also when using enamel it may require a 3rd coat of paint.

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