How to Remove Spackle from Bedroom Walls

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50
What You'll Need

Spackle is an inexpensive and easy solution when used on bedroom walls to cover small holes and cracks. But if the spackle is not done right and is over-applied, it can create a lump in your wall, making the wall appear uneven and unbalanced. This will need to be corrected because the lump is protruding enough that it stands out and is very noticeable. In order to correct this, you will have to remove the spackle before reapplying it and painting over it to match the rest of your wall. The best way to remove dried spackle is to sand it down before doing anything else to beautify your walls. Although this project is not hard to do, it requires a little patience since you will have to force yourself to work at a slower pace than you will want to.

Step 1 – Drying Time

If you are using spackle for the first time, chances are that you may apply too much spackle on the holes or cracks in the wall. If this is the case and it has not yet dried, then you can easily remove the excess spackle. Just use a small soft cloth and gently wipe away the spackle. Make sure you have some newspapers or old towels underneath you so the debris can fall on the rags and not on your floors. This will also save you time on cleaning up when you are done with the full project.

Step 2 – Dried Spackle

For spackle that has already dried, using a soft cloth will not remove the excess spackle. Instead, you will have to use sandpaper to take off the unnecessary spackle. It is important to use very fine sandpaper to get the job done correctly. The finer the sandpaper, the better, as coarser versions can be much too harsh and may cause the spackle to break off or crumble all together. Unless you think you can be careful with coarser sandpaper, take the extra precaution, especially if it is your first time working with spackle, and use a finer sandpaper.

Step 3 – Using the Sandpaper

Be very careful when using the sandpaper to remove the excess spackle as you do not want to unintentionally remove the surrounding paint. In this case, motion the sandpaper back and forth at a slower pace than usual. The slow pace will also keep you from accidentally removing too much spackle. Otherwise you will have to start over again and re-spackle the hole or crack you were trying to cover in the first place.

Step 4 – Finish Up

If you have removed all the excess spackle and feel that the wall is now even, it is time to paint the over the spackle to match the rest of the wall or you can also paint the entire wall for an even finish.