How to Patch a Hole in Drywall that has Textured Paint

When it comes to patching drywall that has textured paint, you may be up for a challenge. It is definitely different from patching a smooth wall. Of course, there are quick fixes like spray textured products, but they are made to be used on a certain type of texture such as spattered textures or what they call “orange peel” textures. We will discuss how to patch a drywall hole that has already textured. The tools and steps needed are listed below.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Sheet rock that is large enough for the repair
  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Drywall screws
  • Putty knife
  • Sheetrock compound
  • Fiberglass tape or paper joint tape
  • Taping knives
  • Drop cloths
  • Paint primer and finish
  • Sandpaper

Step 1 – Patching the Hole

Usually, small holes can be patched with a little bit of joint compound or spackling. If joint compound is used, apply a second coat as the first coat will shrink. With larger holes, you have to work carefully to ensure the repair blends smoothly into the rest of the wall. If a patch is blended poorly, texture will not be able to hide it. When patching a textured wall, sand off the existing texture around the patch right beyond where the joint compound will be spread. Sand it down enough so that the blending will work out better. If you prefer wet cloth sanding, you can use that instead of sandpaper. When using this method, do not wet the cloth too much or it will remove too much of the compound. It will need to be completely wrung out and almost dry, and used with light pressure to blend perfectly.

Step 2 – Texturing the Small Parts

If you are patching small holes such as nail or screw holes you can use the spatter painting method. Add a small amount of water to the joint compound so it is loose and runny. Using an old toothbrush, dip the brush in the compound and pull the bristles back with your thumb and release the bristles while holding the toothbrush next to the wall.

Step 3 – Texturing the Large Parts

You can use a spray can of texture for large areas. It is going to be hard to match the texture, so practice on a cardboard to see how the material will blend. In a sweeping motion, spray the texture in short spurts until you get the desired build up amount needed. You will need drop cloths when performing this step because there will be drips.

Step 4 – Priming and Painting

Use a good drywall primer to prime the area you patched. One of the quick drying one is highly recommended. Quick drying primer will give you a faster recoating. Most will be dry within one hour’s time. Repaint the area as necessary. If the wall was painted with latex paint that you still may have, you can just paint the patched part and do a feather blend into the existing paint.