Winter’s wet and windy weather is more than just an excuse to wrap yourself in a blanket and binge watch your favorite TV show, it’s also why, over time, moisture can seep into your walls and cause your paint to bubble, peel, and flake. Fortunately, fixing minor wall damage isn’t as hard as you might think: Just follow these 5 easy steps and your wall will be beautiful — and you’ll be back on the couch — again in no time.
After assessing the damage for rot or other damage to the drywall, which would require a bigger project, you start with the obvious:
Clean The Area
This is pretty much the first step for any traditional paint project, including repairing water damage on walls. Use a clean damp cloth to scrub away any dirt/dust, and then give the area time to dry.
Scrape The Area
This is the fun part — get a paint scraper and go to town, remove any bubbling, peeling, or flaking around the edges of the affected area. Stop when it become a little difficult to pry away the paint, and then follow-up with a wire brush to get rid of any remaining debris.
Apply Wood Filler
Now it’s time to make your wall smooth and ready for color so, using a putty knife spread a thin layer of wood filler that extends past the edges of the damaged area. Pro-tip: When applying the filler make sure there is a slight bend in your putty knife — this gives you flat surface, rather than a sharp edge, with which to work and makes it easier to spread the filler in an even layer.
Give the filler a couple hours to dry and you should be ready for the next-to-last step.
Sand the Area
This is the hardest part: If you press too hard you can sand all the way down to the wood (and have to repeat step 4), but if you don’t press hard enough the surface won’t be smooth. For best results, we recommend using a fine grain paper, and taking your time until the layer of filler is level with the original layer(s) of paint.
Apply Your “Paint”
Typically this calls for any number of additional steps: Sealing and priming; taping and other prep work; color matching the original paint… man, that’s a hassle. Luckily, you can apply a peel and stick removable paint product like Tempaint to your entire wall in less time than it’ll take to paint even a small water damaged section.
Never used something like Tempaint before? Don’t worry, modern peel and stick products come in a variety of colors, and are long lasting and durable, but also easily removed if you want to make a change. Or if you didn’t follow the steps outlined above quite as well as you should have, and need to make some additional repairs.
The best part is, Tempaint is completely dry, so you don’t have to worry about covering your floors, taping, buying a bunch of supplies, or damaging your furniture/clothing. All of which makes repairing paint damage even faster, and easier, than before.