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Jun 08, 2013, 10:32 AM
Visible Nails
Hello. I'm a new member in need of help. I would like to paint my walls but, have visible nails coming thru. You can't feel them but you can see the patterns of the nail heads. What is the best way to treat the walls before painting them so that the nails do not show thru the paint?
Jun 08, 2013, 10:58 AM
Sometimes the nails are just not set in far enough and sometimes they will move out over time (called nail pops). In either case, the solution is the same: Tap the nail with a hammer to create a shallow dimple. Fill the dimple with drywall compound. Let dry. Sand smooth. Paint.

Jun 08, 2013, 11:06 AM
Thank you so much Jaybee.
Jun 11, 2013, 01:36 PM
the other option is to dig out the nail and replace it with a drywall screw. a cat's paw with a broad metal putty knife under it is the least damaging way to remove. or screws on both sides to secure the wallboard, reset the nail so it's out of the picture, and do your patching.

we had a lot of nail pops due to 1x2s moving on the outside wall basement staircase. those we reset are out again, those we put in 1-1/4 drywall screws next to haven't.

depends on whether your framing is solid and stable. because the stairs were incorrectly IMPHO set too close to the wall to adequately frame out the basement finishing, it was just too much work for the wife and I to move the whole laundry room back (plumbing, wiring, tile, and all,) push back the wall one 2x4, remove and reset the stairs, redo the outside wall, redo the laundry room wall, etc.

in any case, the screws worked. not everything worth doing is worth doing perfectly

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Jun 13, 2013, 05:03 PM
or....using a nail punch. drive the nail in
then add a screw as swschrad suggested.
then finish as jaybee suggested,

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Jun 13, 2013, 09:04 PM
Hi shonnie,

You may also have drywall screw heads showing rather than the nail heads. This is a result of the screw not being driven deep enough into the drywall and allowing the drywall to shift a bit popping the compound off the screw head. Simply drive it in a bit deeper and apply drywall compound over it a couple of times and sand it smooth when dry.

Good Luck!