The previous owners used the unfinished drywall in the basement as a dartboard! Now I have a section covered in pricks that have raised surface around each hole.
What's the easiest way to repair?
I'd really rather not have to pull it all down.
It will depend on the severity of the problem and how large an area is affected.
For a small area you can press in the lips with the round handle end of a screw driver, for example, or just try to sand them down flat. Then apply drywall compound that can be purchased at a DIY store with a putty knife, let dry, sand, and paint if required.
If its a larger area you could remove an area from the drywall, insert a patch (if you have spare drywall around), tape, apply compound, sand, then paint. This can be much more complicated and difficult to execute as you have to be careful of what's behind when cutting the patch out, supporting the patch if required, and achieving a nice even finish afterwards.
If you have punctures all over the place, it may be more time efficient to simply pull the panel(s) out and replace them.
Take a pencil and push into the pin prick to make them a little larger. Buy some drywall compound (most types will do) and go over the area spreading the compound with a drywall trowel (like a small scraper). Try to "push" the "mud" (that's what it's called) into the holes and you're done.
It may take a couple of coats, but nothing special has to be added. If you end up with extra dry mud on the wall, just take a damp cloth and spread the residue over the area. You're fiished.
It would depend on how extensive the damage is. If it is not to severe a little plastering and a light sanding should do it. However if there is a lot of damage in an area it may require patching. I don't think any drywall would need to be changed if it was only darts causing the damage.
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