You can tell how long parents have been parents by how high the streaks are going up the stairs.
Families are tough on houses and ours is no exception. I’m mostly to blame. “Bull in a China shop.” I don’t really slow down when moving things and the walls frequently receive the brunt of the abuse.
Over the years I have tried to keep up with patching and painting and it never seems to go well. I kept a pail of “drywall mud” on hand and was constantly patching. Usually 2 or 3 coats of drywall mud on everything. The problem with drywall compound is that it “sinks” as it dries so you have to do multiple coats. Coat sand, coat, sand, coat, sand, clean up dust, wipe down wall, paint.
I finally decided to try a drywall “patching compound” made specifically for patching holes. https://www.dap.com/media/184625/patch_n_paint-tb-12-12-16.pdf
Look at what the manufacturer claims “DAP® Phenopatch® PATCH-N-PAINT® Lightweight Spackling lets you patch and prime in one easy step, saving time and money. It dries fast with no need to sand or prime, letting you paint in minutes. It is easy to apply with one strike of the putty knife. Won’t crack or shrink. Ideal for repairing holes, cracks and dents in drywall, plaster, wood and stucco. DAP® Phenopatch® PATCH-N-PAINT® Lightweight Spackling has a low VOC content (per CA Air Resources Board Test Method 310) and is low in odor. Interior/exterior use.”
Guess what? The stuff REALLY works. I never realized that the ultra high moisture content of drywall mud leads to evaporation as it cures so it is ideal for applications where a high strength bond is needed but not ideal for patching cosmetic holes since it evaporates and sinks. Or maybe I did realize it but never thought it worthwhile to try something different. (Secret key to getting unstuck…stop doing the same thing over and over if you want a different result.)
I’m sold. DAP patching compound is “one and done”. They even add additives to help reduce or eliminate the amount of priming needed to make a beautiful finished surface after a single application of paint. It cures very quickly and you can paint it shortly after application.
Get a little bucket of this stuff right here: Dap 12140 Fast N Final Interior Exterior Spackle, 1/2-Pint. It’s easy to keep on hand.
Get a patching “knife”. (Or a set). They come if different widths. 1.5”, 3”, 4”,6” are the common sizes. If you are patching holes bigger than this you need a repair more in depth than what we are talking about here. Red Devil 6090 4 Piece Putty Knife Set
Sand as needed. Sometimes gently buffing with a wet cloth in a circular motion is an easy way to smooth out the putty without sanding and making any dust.
Fill a Ball Mason Jar Pint Wide Mouth Clear Glass W/Lids and Bands, 16-Ounces (Set of 4) with paint in your wall color and keep a high quality soft bristle brush on hand. My preference is the softest brush you can buy from “Wooster” or “Purdy”. There is a brush material called “Nylox” which is very soft and really picks up and puts down the paint smoothly. Purdy 144080220 Nylox Series Dale Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2 inch
You can touch up all the dings in life as they happen real time.
Here’s another link with more info: http://www.phenopatch.com/docs/tdb/5.pdf