How to Repair Drywall Cracks on Textured Walls

A combination of careful tooling and paint matching allows drywall repair to conceal cracks on textured walls. If the finished appearance of the filled crack approximates the original texture, a coat of precisely matched paint blends the blemish with its surrounding surfaces. Use the right tools and procedure to repair drywall cracks on textured walls, and you can create a fix that nearly matches your wall's original appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Stiff putty knife

  • Soft-bristled brush

  • Caulking gun

  • Paintable caulk

  • Paintbrushes or rollers

  • Latex primer

  • Spray-on drywall texture to match your wall

  • Paint matched to your wall

Step 1

Scrape along the entire length of the crack with a stiff putty knife. Remove paint, texture and drywall mud until you reach the drywall paper. Scrape an area approximately 1 1/2 inches wide on both sides of the crack to create a channel approximately 3 inches wide along the crack's entire length. Clean dust and debris from the scraped areas with a soft-bristled brush.

Step 2

Load a tube of paintable caulk into a caulking gun, cut the tube's tip and puncture the tube's seal. Apply a bead of caulk into the crack along its entire length. Smooth the bead of caulk with a stiff putty knife. Allow the caulk to cure according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Step 3

Apply a layer of latex primer over the crack, the cleared area and the seams between the cleared area and intact wall texture. Use a paintbrush or roller to apply primer to the repair area. Allow the primer to dry.

Step 4

Open a can of spray-on drywall texture, attach the can's hose, and puncture the can's seal. Spray the texture along the cleared area, lightly blending the spray-on texture with the intact wall texture. Allow the texture to dry.

Step 5

Apply a coat of primer to the new drywall texture with a brush or roller. Allow the primer to dry. Apply a coat of matched paint to the repair area, blending with the intact wall surfaces. Allow the paint to dry prior to applying additional coats.

Tip

Paint changes color as it dries; do not judge your paint job until it has fully dried.

Repaint the entire wall to ensure that your repair area doesn’t stand out.

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