butterfly drywall patch

Butterfly Drywall Patch: The Easiest Way to Fix Your Drywall

Butterfly Drywall PatchFixing a hole in a drywall might be hard if you do not know how to do it. However, there is an easy way to fix a hole in your drywall. One of the easiest ways of repairing small to medium-sized holes in drywall is a butterfly patch. The hole you’re repairing must be square or rectangle for a butterfly patch to work. You can still use a butterfly patch if the hole you’re repairing any other shape other than square.

However, you must first cut the hole into a square shape. Make cuts with a keyhole saw to even out the edges of the hole you’re repairing. Attempt not to widen the hole excessively. You also need to keep in mind that butterfly patches do not work well on holes larger than 8 inches in width or length.

Butterfly Drywall Patch

In this article we will tell you how to fix your drywall using butterfly drywall patch. Here are the instructions:

  • Cut a piece of drywall three inches wider and three inches taller than the hole you’re repairing. For instance, if the hole is 4″ x 4″, cut a 7″ x 7″ piece of drywall. The drywall piece you cut should be the same size as the hole you’re repairing but larger all around.
  • Turn the drywall over and measure 1 1/2 inches in from each side all the way around. Score the brown paper on the back side of the drywall 1 1/2 inches from each edge with a utility knife. For a better understanding, see the diagram below.
  • Split the drywall across all four sides where the backer paper was scored. Take care not to tear the paper on the front side of your drywall patch as you pull the 1 1/2 inch strip of drywall from each side. As you pull the small strips from each side, the paper on the front of the drywall should peel away. Pull the cement away from the paper completely, leaving only cement in the center of your patch with paper flaps extending on all four sides.
  • You can now advance to prepare the hole to be repaired. Measure 1 1/2 inches along each length on each side of the hole. Score the paper on the surface surrounding the repaired hole. Carefully remove the paper from the area surrounding the hole. This gives you a place to put the paper flaps and makes the final patch flatter in relation to the surrounding drywall rather than sitting on top of it. Check the fit of your patch. Remove any excess cement from the patch so that it fits perfectly into the hole.
  • Apply all-purpose drywall compound or quick-setting drywall mud to the area where the hole will be repaired.
  • Plug your prepared drywall patch into the hole and press the paper along each edge into the drywall mud you just smudged around the patch’s edges. Flatten the paper evenly around all four edges of the patch with a six-inch drywall knife. Make sure there isn’t too much drywall mud behind the paper flaps that will now hold your patch in place.
  • After the drywall mud dried, coat all sides of your drywall patch with a ten or twelve -inch drywall knife. The mud’s edges should be layered out so that they blend in with the surrounding area. Coat the top of your patch with at least two thin coats of drywall mud. In some cases, three thin coats of mud may be necessary to completely conceal the repair. Take care not to add too much mud with each coat, as too much buildup on the surface may be visible once painted.
  • Once everything is y dry, lightly sand the area with 150 grit sandpaper to eliminate any tool marks. If the surrounding area is layered, you might have to texture the repaired area as well.

Those are the steps to fix your drywall using Butterfly Drywall Patch. Keep in mind that you may need extra tools in the process of fixing your drywall. Make sure to follow the steps that has been explained properly, if you do it. Then, you will have your hole fixed with Butterfly Drywall Patch. Good luck on trying to fix hole in your drywall!

Description: there are a lot of techniques to fix your drywall. In this article, we will tell you one of the techniques to fix a hole in your drywall. It is called butterfly drywall patch.