Wall putty is the process of covering holes and repairing drywall using a material known as putty or putty paste. Putty paste is made of gypsum powder, hydrated calcium sulfate and glue. When you hear the word “putty”, assume that you mean drywall putty, which is different from the mass. The latter – also known as drywall plaster, has a more fluid consistency and works best for larger drywall jobs.
It doesn’t matter if there is a small hole in the wall or nail marks – filling the wall with putty is an easy task to do yourself, even if you have no construction experience. While laying drywall, taping and grouting is difficult and often requires the help of a professional, repairing small holes with putty is something you can do yourself.
Puttying the walls – the sizes of the holes
Filling itself is best for small holes with a diameter of less than 1.5 cm. Larger holes may require patch or fiber tape to reinforce before patching.
Types of putty pastes
Most putties are ready to use and available in a can or tube. In addition to ready-made spackles, there is also a powder. Putty powder must be mixed with water before use. Even though it is less convenient and less popular, it has the advantage of being able to mix small batches.
- light putties – contain vinyl in their composition and are best suited for minor repairs, such as nail holes
- universal putties – containing acrylic in their composition, will work for larger holes with a diameter of more than 5/6 mm
- quick-drying putties – dry after 15 minutes
- color changing putties – they are pink or purple when applied, and then change color to white after drying.
You can easily buy each of them in any store or construction market.