Repairing Minor Drywall Damage | Nick, Dents, and Scratches

Drywall 101
First Published:
June 12, 2013
Last updated:
May 03, 2024

Repairing Drywall Nicks, Scratches, and Dents

Drywall nicks, scratches, and dents are the easiest type of drywall damage to repair. Most do-it-yourself homeowners can repair this type of drywall damage using just a few basic tools. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind regarding drywall paper that can help you avoid headaches when doing this type of repair. The tips that follow will help you repair drywall nicks, scratches, and dents. This type of drywall damage can generally be divided into the following categories.

  1. Nicks that break through the drywall paper
  2. Nicks and dents that don't break the drywall paper

However, if drywall damage breaks through the gypsum entirely and creates a hole, the methods mentioned above are not sufficient. you will need to repair it using a hammock patch, california patch, or strapped backing patch. Drywall cracks require different repair techniques.