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 HOW TO PATCH, REPAIR A LARGE HOLE IN DRYWALL    PAGE 2 OF 2

 STEP 5

When you're using hot mud, it's good to know the best way to mix it. Pour a little water in your drywall pan 1st. Now slowly pour in a small amount of hot mud powder. Keep stirring up the mud using a 6 inch drywall knife. This takes a little practice. If it gets too thick add a little water, too thin add a little powder. When you get it nice and smooth you are ready to do some coating. On my patch, I'm using "20 minute" mud which means it starts setting up in 15-20 minutes. If you decide to use 20, don't waste too much time mixing it up. You can buy all different speeds (drying times) of hot mud, from 5 to 210 minute.

 

 

STEP 6

Using a 10 inch taping knife apply the 1st coat on your patch area. It's just too hard for me to explain how to coat.  Just try to get the mud as even as possible. Always keep your pointing finger in the center of the knife (Look at picture). Feather in the outside edges by applying more force on the outside edge of the knife. Don't worry if you leave a few knife lines on the patch. It's only the 1st coat.

Now wait... This is a good time to clean your tools.

 

STEP 7

Okay, it's been about 25 minutes. I just mixed up some regular joint compound to use for the 2nd coat. If you need to know how to mix up mud, you can go back to

All about Joint Compound

Start off by lightly scraping off any edges and high spots from the 1st coat. You don't need to sand anything on this coat. Now using a 12" knife, 2nd coat your patch. Try your best, this is the money coat. Get the mud as even as possible. Always keep your pointer finger in the center of the knife (Look at picture). Feather in the outside edges by applying more force on the outside edge of the knife. You want your 2nd coat to be wider then the 1st coat. See how the 2 small patches turned into 1 big patch? You can see by the pink dotted lines where the original patches were. Don't worry if you leave a few knife lines, we can sand them off tomorrow. That's it for today, let it dry overnight.

 

STEP 8

Here is a picture of our dry patch the next day. You can see by the picture, I am using

a sanding sponge. You can use a piece of sand paper, a wet rag or a sponge. Lightly sand patch down so it's nice and smooth. It's very important to feather and blend the outside edges. You don't want any sharp lines where the patch meets the existing wall. For a professional patch job, you need to "KILL THE OUTSIDE EDGE" 

 

STEP 9

If your patch is smooth, you are ready for primer and paint. If your patch needs to be textured it should be ready to go. Our patch gets a heavy orange peel. If you want to know how to do a knockdown or orange peel click here.

How To Do A Knockdown(Skip Trowel) & Orange Peel Texture

Below you can see a picture of the patch right after the texture has been applied. The other picture is the complete painted patch.

 

DONE!

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