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Old 01-12-2018, 10:24 AM   #1
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Repair Small Holes In Drywall


Increasingly I am being asked to repair small holes (usually no bigger than 150x150mm) and I usually have to make several visits. Obviously this makes a one off hole repair quite expensive.

Typically I would apply a patch then apply a skim of top coat. If dry enough I would then apply a second coat an hour or so late,r or the following day if I go to other repair jobs. Then I go back to sand, either on the second or third visit, depending on when I applied the final coat.

Is there a way of speeding up the drying time of both coats so I can apply and sand within a couple of hours? is there an additive available, or a trick of the trade I have not heard of?

I am more of a handyman that a drywall pro, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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There are light weight patch products that dry quickly. That's one choice. Another choice is a setting product such as Durabond which also sets quickly. The only problem is that if you use a quick drying/setting product, you have to work fast because it will dry before you get it on then wall.
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I am not a drywall person but you can speed up the set time.
Find some Hydrocal Gypsum Cement mix and apply to fill the hole in the drywall it will set hard in about 20 min. Than apply a Venetian finish plaster trowel smooth NO SANDING would be required total time 30 min.
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I repair drywall almost on a daily basis. Speeding up things just requires the use of the aforementioned Durabond (thanks Guap0) or Sheetrock's Easy Sand. I use a lot of the 5 minute stuff just to get the holes filled and get them drying quickly. Then you can switch to the 20, 45, or 90 minute stuff for additional coats so you don't have to rush. It used to be that fast-setting joint compound was hard to sand. It's much easier to sand these days, so I often do not apply a topping coat from a bucket. I do like it to dry overnight if possible, but, if not, that's ok too, it still sands rather easily and accepts a coat of primer without issue.

I have bags of the "EasySand" in my truck at all times because there's always holes to fill and areas to patch..........
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There are light weight patch products that dry quickly. That's one choice. Another choice is a setting product such as Durabond which also sets quickly. The only problem is that if you use a quick drying/setting product, you have to work fast because it will dry before you get it on then wall.
Thank you. How fast does Durabond set, and can it be sanded?
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I am not a drywall person but you can speed up the set time.
Find some Hydrocal Gypsum Cement mix and apply to fill the hole in the drywall it will set hard in about 20 min. Than apply a Venetian finish plaster trowel smooth NO SANDING would be required total time 30 min.
Thanks. Can it be sanded if required?
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I repair drywall almost on a daily basis. Speeding up things just requires the use of the aforementioned Durabond (thanks Guap0) or Sheetrock's Easy Sand. I use a lot of the 5 minute stuff just to get the holes filled and get them drying quickly. Then you can switch to the 20, 45, or 90 minute stuff for additional coats so you don't have to rush. It used to be that fast-setting joint compound was hard to sand. It's much easier to sand these days, so I often do not apply a topping coat from a bucket. I do like it to dry overnight if possible, but, if not, that's ok too, it still sands rather easily and accepts a coat of primer without issue.

I have bags of the "EasySand" in my truck at all times because there's always holes to fill and areas to patch..........
Excellent, thank you, this is really helpful. Easy, or even relatively easy sanding is always appreciated.
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Thanks. Can it be sanded if required?
If it is as smooth as glass WHY sand it?
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Mr Bean, durabond can be sanded.
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Mr Bean, durabond can be sanded.
But I prefer not to!! about the only product I know of harder to sand than Durabond is Durham's Rock Hard Putty. The neater Durabond is applied, the better!
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The Sheetrock brand, Easy Sand, is, like the name states, easy to sand. It sands just like regular joint compound. As far as setting times, they all set in about the time listed on the bag. 5 sets in about 5 minutes or less.......20, in 20 minutes or less.......etc.

For nail holes, etc. I just mix up some of the Easy Sand 5 in a plastic cup, roll it up into a ball and push it into the hole(s). If they require more "fill" I just repeat the process after about an hour. It's ready to sand, prime, and paint after about another hour of good dry time.
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I patch holes like Gymschu stated above. First two coats with easy sand, last coat I will do with USG's Dust Control joint compound. If I'm not coming back for anything else, I'll use a hair dryer to dry the last coat and then sand it. It's very thin and dries out in a few minutes.
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Thanks for all of your help guys. I have just updated my profile as I am new here. I am actually in the United Kingdom, so I will need to check which of these great products you have recommended are available in the UK.
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I heard that dust control has wax in it, and can cause adhesion issues. There was a long thread about that in the painters forum a while back. I have no experience in the matter, just saying.
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In the UK you can contact Historic Scotland.
www.historic-Scotland.gouk.
They can give you all the info you should need.
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