Drywall repair kits – also known as drywall patch kits – are a convenient and budget-friendly option if you’ve never worked with drywall before and you’re looking to fix a small hole by yourself. Learn what comes with these kits and keep some considerations in mind when you’re shopping.
Drywall Repair Kits Overview
Generally, most patch kits for drywall come with the following main components:
• Compound: A small tube or tub of lightweight joint compound or spackling should be included in your kit. Joint compound is usually used for taping drywall seams, but you can also use it for patching holes since it’s easy to sand. Spackling dries much quicker than joint compound, but it might need more than one application, especially if it’s vinyl spackling.
• Patch: Drywall repair kits usually provide 4”x4” drywall patches to cover the hole. You can trim your patch with heavy-duty scissors for smaller holes. Check the material of the patch when looking for repair kits. While metal patches are more durable than most other types, they’re not as suitable for wet environments, such as bathrooms, because the moisture can cause the patch to corrode. Fiberglass mesh patches are mold- and moisture-resistant, but be sure to apply them properly to prevent hairline fractures.
• Putty Knife: You need a putty knife to apply the compound or spackling over the patch. Most kits come with a plastic knife. This is suitable if you only have one hole to patch. If there are more holes, pick up a separate knife that’s more durable.
• Sanding Tool: To give your wall a clean, finished look, you need to sand the dried compound or spackling. Kits typically come with a sheet of sandpaper or a sanding sponge to get the job done.
Considerations for Drywall Repair Kits
If your hole is larger than 4 inches in width and height, it’s best to repair the wall rather than use a patch kit. Be sure to pick up drywall repair panels and drywall repair clips.
If there’s a small hole in your wall and you’re a novice in drywall work, think about choosing a repair kit. Most kits offer everything you need to complete the task. For step-by-step directions on how to patch drywall, check out our How to Patch Drywall guide.