Spackling is a perfect technique for concealing wall damage, and it can be done simply by using tools such as a putty knife, or by sponging. Using a sponge to clear away dry spackle should be done before paint is added, so that acrylic or gloss paints have a smooth surface on which to settle. Home improvement enthusiasts should not be reluctant to take up a sponge, and start using it to get the perfect finish on your spackle?
Find Your Spackle Product
Spackle is a term used to describe wall filler which is used as a paste to cover holes, cracks and other small defects in the surface of the wall. It is also used to cover joints in drywall installation. There are a variety of spackle pastes in current use, including lightweight, lightbodied, and regular paste. Spackle was originally a product created by the Muralo Company, but has now come to mean any sort of plaster paste which is used on cracks. Similar products are also sold as Polyfilla, which is also a general term for wall plaster.
Applying the Spackle
Spackle comes in a pot or tube, and may be used to fill in very small holes, or be spread across an uneven wall to smooth it out. In the first instance, you should take a putty knife, and add spackle to the very tip. Press the knife into the wall where the hole is, pushing the spackle into it. With a large area, you may wish to use an old sponge to dab the spackle on lightly in order to give an even covering to your wall.
Using Spackle with a Sponge
If you have used a putty knife to fill in your spackle, you should now take a slightly damp sponge, and wipe away any excess spackle which is on the outside of the hole. A square sponge is best for this, as you can use a corner to wipe up small amounts of spackle. Some people like to use sandpaper on the surface of the spackle before applying the sponge, but you can also just wipe away damp filler using the sponge. Wet one corner, and then, laying it flat against the original door, push downwards until you have wiped away all of the spackle. Be careful not to dent or damage the filler which is in the hole, just wipe away the excess on the surface. Once the spackle has dried, you could also use the sponge to re-moisten the plaster so that it can be removed. Sponges can also be used to lightly sand away loose Spackle once it dries, as an alternative to using sandpaper.
Covering a Wide Area
Another good effect of using the spackle with a sponge is that you can also cover a wide area. If you wish to even out a very lumpy wall, put spackle onto the wall with a trowel, and then drag it across the wall with a sponge. Your movement with the sponge should be regular and controlled, and you should lift the sponge completely from the wall when moving around the space. This should create a flat surface for you to apply paint or wall paper.