Here are our tips for hiding spackle spots during a paint job:

1. Ensure the spackle is flush

The spackle must be flush with the wall, if it’s an untextured wall. To do this, spread the spackle out beyond the edges of the repair during application, and then sand it down after it dries. Use your fingers to check for flushness, as they’re more reliable than your eyes.

2. Prime the area

This is necessary for larger repairs. If you only have a few small spackle spots, you can skip the primer and head straight to the next step.

3. Paint the repaired area first

Before getting out the roller, use a small brush to cover the area that’s been repaired with spackle in a thin layer of regular paint. If you don’t do this step, the affected area will have a different texture than the rest of the wall once the job is over.

4. Paint the wall

Now, you’re ready to use your roller to paint the entire wall. Go over the repaired area just as you would any other area. The texture and color should match perfectly, once everything has dried. Do try to use a matte paint; the glossier your paint, the more visible any imperfections will be.


There’s no reason to fear painting over a wall that’s been repaired with spackle! AZ painting contractors like us see this situation all the time, and we promise it’ll turn out just fine. If you have any questions about the procedure, feel free to get in touch with us. And, as always, for more insider tips and tricks from local AZ painting contractors, subscribe to our blog.