One of the most important elements of a good wall repair job is using the correct materials. The following can be used to repair wood, brick and other wall surfaces:

Spackling Compound
  • It can be used for patching cracks in plaster, filling nail holes, repairing wallboard and smoothing surface imperfections on unprimed wood.
  • Lightweight vinyl spackling is the easiest spackling for the do-it-yourselfer to use. It resists shrinking, cracking and sagging. Sanding is minimal.
Patching Plaster
  • A powder that is ready to go after adding water. It is fast setting and dries a light color.
  • It can be drilled, sanded and painted. It can also be molded into texture finishes.
Plaster of Paris
  • A white powder used to repair wallboard, plaster walls and ceilings It can also be used to set bathroom wall fixtures and for art projects.
  • It usually hardens within 30 minutes.
Painters Putty
  • Repairs cracks, dents, breaks and holes in furniture, wood and concrete floors, woodwork, metal and other interior surfaces.
  • In dry form (known as water putty because water must be added), it dries to the shade of new wood but can be tinted with dry color. It sets rapidly, dries hard and can be sanded and finished like wood.
Wood Putty
  • Pliable Putty (also known as wood putty because it is made from hardwood) is rubbed on wood surfaces before painting to close pores in certain woods.
  • Most wood putties come in paste form and are thinned. Putty is brushed on, rubbed, sanded and sealed before finishing. Patches can be stained, painted or varnished.