Asked on Jun 22, 2018

What is the easiest but best way to fill in holes before repainting?



9 answers
  • 2dogal
    on Jun 22, 2018

    Use spackle, then sand flat.
  • Patricia Q. Patterson
    Patricia Q. Patterson
    on Jun 22, 2018

    Tiny little tubs of spackling are available at hardware stores as well as Home Depot, Lowes and paint stores. I use a small flat blade knife to apply, let dry, then lightly (very lightly) sand. Tada! Ready to paint.
  • Bonnie
    on Jun 22, 2018

    Vinyl spackling and your finger for small holes in drywall. Wood filler and a putty knife for holes in woodwork.
  • Sue Buck
    Sue Buck
    on Jun 22, 2018

    White toothpaste works well.
  • Laura Cooper
    Laura Cooper
    on Jun 22, 2018

    Spackle. But here's how we did it when we were commercial painter's. Get a little amount of spackle about the size of a quarter in your hand. Roll it into a ball, then go around and squish into each hole while immediately wiping flat with your finger. This sounds so basic, but if you do it this way you won't need to sand anything. Your finger is a better gauge of a smooth surface than any tool. If the holes are bigger, then use a putty knife
  • Ebbjdl
    on Jun 22, 2018

    Spackle. You can purchase it at a Home Depot or Lowe's, it comes in a bucket. You'll need a large putty knife, to smooth the surface, and then you sand it, to make it smooth. This is a messy job, cover your floors. Wipe it down with a damp rag. Then your ready to paint.
  • Rob32328534
    on Jun 22, 2018

    For small nail holes, I've used a softened aspirin tablet and chalkboard chalk...on hand, cheap and effective.
  • Johnavallance82
    on Dec 19, 2020

    Hello there Andrea,

    Use Spackle or Pollyfilla, or even NON gel Toothpaste if you run out. If it is for polished timber , then use a wood filler. Best wishes.

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