April 20, 2012

DAP DryDex

After an unfortunate curtain hanging incident that left my kitchen wall with an inordinate amount of holes (don't ask!), I had quite a lot of spackling to do!

That's why I was so happy when DAP reached out to me about a very cool product, DAP DryDex. Sometimes it can be a little tricky to know how long you have to wait after spackling before you can sand and paint over it. This product takes the guess work out of it because it has a dry time indicator - it goes on pink and dries white! Perfect for inpatient people like me who tend to jump into the next step of a project too early.  When it's white you're ready to sand and paint!

DryDex was easy to find at the Home Depot.  The Home Depot near me had two different sized tubs.


If you haven't spackled before, it's very easy to do. I even enjoy doing it, there's just something satisfying about making a hole or crack disappear. First, clean and dry the surface to make sure there isn't any dust or other debris on it. Then mix around your spackle a little bit with a putty knife and then apply about a quarter sized amount onto your putty knife. Push the spackle into the hole or crack you're trying to fill and smooth the spackle on top. That's it! The spackle will dry within one to five hours, and the convenient part about DryDex is that it will change colors from pink to white when it's done! Once dry, larger holes/cracks may need another coat of spackle, but smaller ones may be ready to sand and paint after just one coat.

Dap DryDex is available in the little tubs (like the photo above), in a tube, or as an entire kit that comes with a putty knife, sandpaper, and adhesive patch made for repairing larger holes.

Have you tackled any spackling projects lately?  Or ever had a crazy disaster hanging something that left you with an insane amount of holes in your walls?  No, just me? Ok then, lets pretend that never happened.

Note: This post was sponsored by Dap, but the content of this post and all opinions are entirely mine.


Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic said...

That is definitely no small number of holes in your wall.

I've used this stuff before. The part to be careful of is that the outside turns from pink to white before it's completely dry on the inside. So while it's a relatively good indication of being ready to sand, if you put it on extra thick you might want to wait a littttle longer.

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

Brandi, thanks for the tip! That's good to watch out for.