A paste, composed of gypsum plaster, glue, and water, used to repair holes and cracks in plaster before painting or wallpapering.

Things you need to know

Spackle can be bought as a premixed paste or as a powder (that must be mixed with water). Lightweight spackle is for small projects/imperfections. Standard (all-purpose) spackle is for larger projects/holes. The vinyl and acrylic versions are very flexible. Epoxy-based spackle is known for adhesion and strength and is often used for repairing wood.

Also known as

Spackling Compound, Spackling Paste

Cost Considerations

A quart of spackle typically runs between $5 to $10.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.