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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:58 pm 
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Hi guys :)

I am moving out of my apartment soon and need to fix the scratches my cats have left in the walls.

Does anyone know the best way of fixing them?

I have heard of using joint compound to fill the holes, then painting over. Some have even suggested using toothpaste.

Does anyone have experience with this?

I had attached photos to show you the scratches.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:11 pm 
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We use joint compound, if you don't go crazy when you put it on you can usually just paint right over it without sanding once it's dry. If you get too much on there you can just sand it down a little and then paint.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:49 pm 
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If your walls are completely smooth, a light application of joint compound -- then sanding a little and painting will do the trick. If your walls are textured -- then the texture needs to match! If you had a pet security deposit, you may just want to leave them as that's what that's for! I don't think toothpaste would work well for this. Bad kitty -- cats are supposed to use scratching posts. LOL


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:00 am 
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Sherry wrote:
If your walls are completely smooth, a light application of joint compound -- then sanding a little and painting will do the trick. If your walls are textured -- then the texture needs to match! If you had a pet security deposit, you may just want to leave them as that's what that's for! I don't think toothpaste would work well for this. Bad kitty -- cats are supposed to use scratching posts. LOL


Hey, thanks!!

The big, long scratches are from the first day we brought our moggie home. It was her first attempt to jump up onto the window sill and she fell! Poor little darling! But she does it without a flaw now.

The other scratches are from just accidental from playfighting and rolling around.

The walls are all smooth, the tricky part will just be matching the paint! :o I have no idea what shade of white it is!

We didn’t pay a pet security deposit – only a general deposit for the apartment for any damage caused, which is $1800. I don’t really want to lose any of it, so I’m hoping we can fix all the scratches without them noticing, as every other part of the apartment is perfect and spotless 

Although, there were already lots of dents and scratches in the apartment when we first moved in, which weren’t listed on the entry condition report. Everything was listed as ‘brand new’. They even said there were ‘brand new’ towel rails in the bathroom…. But… there were none! So we had to get them to install some! Tsk tsk


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 4:53 am 
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It sounds as if you may have to paint an entire wall. Matching paint colors is extremely difficult. Maybe your landlord has some leftover paint on hand. There is white and then there is eggshell and ivory and all sorts of off-white colors. If you think the walls look bad with the scratches, wait until you try to touch up a spot with a different color of white paint!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:55 am 
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Sherry wrote:
It sounds as if you may have to paint an entire wall. Matching paint colors is extremely difficult. Maybe your landlord has some leftover paint on hand. There is white and then there is eggshell and ivory and all sorts of off-white colors. If you think the walls look bad with the scratches, wait until you try to touch up a spot with a different color of white paint!


Haha that is very true! It’s a very white-white colour though, so I am hoping I’ll have some luck with it… I don’t want to have to paint the entire wall because it will smell like fresh paint and the real estate agent will be coming in to do inspections for new tenants and I don’t want them to think we did any re-painting haha

Hopefully if I do it carefully enough it works out ok!!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:27 am 
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If Your wall is plain then a light application of joint compound then sanding a little and painting will do the trick.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:40 pm 
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Let us know how the touch-up goes. There are paints that have odors and paints that don't. There is oil-based paint and latex-based paint. This will not be as easy as you might think! You really need to use the type of paint that is already on the wall so there will be no bubbling if it conflicts. That's why I'd talk with the landlord (if it were me) and see what he/she might want you to do about it. There's normal wear and tear in rented home and he may have to repaint the place anyway.


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