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Drywall and Plaster Repair and Preparation

Our painters can make and needed repairs and prepare the drywall, plaster or horsehair plaster in your Plymouth-area home prior to painting.

You’ve heard that preparation is key to a great paint job, and at CertaPro Painters of Plymouth, we take prep very seriously. Whether you have large holes or just minor flaws, our painters will repair and prepare your walls before we paint.

Because everyone’s aesthetic and budgetary needs are different, we have four options of wall preparation to choose from:

Least expensive option:


With this level of wall preparation, we will address only very large flaws in the walls – minor flaws are not addressed at all.

This level is used to help quickly paint homes before they go on the market & for rentals and outbuildings.

Our “standard” option – most of our customers choose this:


With this level of surface preparation, good adhesion and longevity of finish are of primary concern. Includes basic patching, filling, dulling of glossy surfaces, spot priming—if needed, caulking, and light sanding/abrading to address surface profile differences exceeding 1/8 inch.

Also includes the following to address “major” flaws:

If ceilings are included on your quote: We address any major or minor ceiling cracks and holes, water damage etc. that can easily be seen from 5 feet away.

If walls are included on your quote we:

  • fix structural cracks with joint tape and joint compound
  • fix/patch all major and minor holes that can easily be seen from 3 feet away.
  • pole sand most wall surfaces to knock of burrs on the surface, dull glossy surfaces. and address surface profile differences exceeding 1/8 inch.
  • caulk obvious cracks between walls and trim that can be seen from eye level.

If trim is included on your quote we:

  • fill major divots in eye-level trim if they can hold filler.
  • sand trim with 100-grit sandpaper to knock off burrs and smooth it.
  • remove old paint off interior window glass.

Our “upgraded” level of wall preparation:


Includes everything in Levels 2 & 3, with added emphasis on the quality of appearance of finish painted surfaces.

Includes detailed patching, filling, properly taping cracks, approximate matching of textures, and thorough sanding to address surface profile differences exceeding 1/16 inch.

Our finest level of wall preparation:


Requires aspects of Levels 2-4 with even more emphasis on the quality of appearance of finish painted surfaces.

The criteria for inspection and acceptance may include smoothness to “touch and feel” on interior handrails, doors and easily accessible trim. Includes thorough filling & sanding to address surface profile differences exceeding 1/32 inch.

If you have any questions about drywall repair and wall preparation, please email [email protected]. We’re happy to answer your questions, even if you are doing the drywall repairs yourself.

Fill out our online form to request a free estimate on your next drywall repair service today!

The contractor was pleasant and accommodating. The crew was friendly and accommodating; they did a fabulous job. They were respectful of our property and cleaned up when they were finished. They left us touch up paint in all colors. I plan to use them again when we remodel the bathrooms. This is a five star company.

- Linda & David P. | Plymouth, MI

Linda & David P. | Plymouth, MI

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Types of Drywall Damage


Holes are usually caused by accidental forceful impact, like a door being slammed open or someone falling into the wall. Depending on what made the impact, you could be looking at anything from a small puncture to a worrying crater.


Removing anything attached to the wall, whether it be tile, wallpaper, or even objects like mirrors, can lead to pieces of drywall coming off.

Water Damage

Usually caused by leaking pipes, water damage weakens the structural integrity of the drywall and can even be a health hazard. Even if there are no visible water patches, moisture in the walls or ceilings can lead to other problems like cracks and loosened joint tape.

Popping Nails

This happens most often when a nail is not securely attached to a joint or stud and pops through the drywall.

Dented Corner Bead

The corner bead is a piece of metal used to join two sheets of drywall at a corner. It can become dented with impact or regular wear and tear.

Furniture Scuffs

Careless furniture handling can lead to pencil-like marks at best and holes in the drywall at worst.

Common Questions About Drywall Repair Projects

How do you repair drywall?

The type of damage will determine what drywall repair technique is needed. Small dents and dings can be smoothed over with spackle and paint. Water damaged or impact damaged drywall will be cut out and patched with new drywall segments. Repairs are then finished with light sanding and a fresh coat of matching paint.

How much does drywall repair cost?

The cost of drywall repair varies depending on the extent of damage. To get accurate pricing for your unique project, schedule an estimate appointment with your local independently owned and operated CertaPro Painters® franchised business.

How can I tell if my drywall should be repaired?

Repairs and replacements are generally only needed if some damage has been done to the wall. Impact damage, water damage, mold, and scrapes are the most common types of drywall damage. If you have any of these problems, repairs are needed to restore the look of the wall.

How do you fix cracks in drywall?

Cracks in drywall are usually repaired using drywall tape and joint compound. Once the compound dries the surface is smoothed over for an even finish.

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