Today’s Ask Tim question is from our friend Kim:
What is the best way to repair animal scratched walls?
Usually animal scratches are pretty localized and, therefore, easy to fix. Take a course sanding block (or sandpaper) and go over the damage just to get rid of any high spots and debris. Do a quick pass with spackle, just to fill in the holes a bit and let dry (or use a hair dryer if you want to speed this whole thing up). Try to keep your spackle smooth with this, and each subsequent, layer – you may need to make three passes, enlarging the area just a bit each time. A cereal-sized spot may end up the size of a framed picture, or more. When it comes to sanding, I use a wet wallpaper sponge, but most people will grab that sandpaper again. I just don’t like the dust. Smooth to your satisfaction and paint. You can prime if you want with an aerosol Kilz or Zinser product, but protect the floor from over-spray.
I’m assuming we’re talking about sheet rock here. If you have paneling or something else, you can still do it this way, but you need to do it with a little more finesse. Wallpaper will be almost impossible to repair, but I figured we weren’t going there!
Hope that helps!
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