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Some water got in my wall near a window when it was raining (the window shade had previously put a nick on the window sill corner exposing the drywall). The water got in behind some of the paint and created a bubble that I peeled off. I scraped away all the loose paint and drywall with a flathead, then sanded a little bit. I'm wondering if I need to spackle and/or prime before I try painting over the exposed area?

The paint is from Benjamin Moore.

Here are some photos to better explain the damage:

Drywall damage enter image description here

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before doing as Tester101 says below, have you fixed the problem that allowed the water to get in, in the first place? – Mike Perry Aug 3 '11 at 14:15
The problem was leaving the window open while it raining :) – Trevor Hartman Aug 3 '11 at 20:35
Ok! then you should be "golden" to proceed as per Tester101 below answer :) – Mike Perry Aug 3 '11 at 20:39
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Patch the holes, prime, then paint.

Usually when I patch walls I end up priming and painting the entire wall, it's more work but I find it looks much better when I'm done.

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That makes sense. I really don't want to sand and prime the entire wall for such a small repair though. I will try as you suggest and see if I can get it to look decent. Thanks. – Trevor Hartman Aug 3 '11 at 20:36

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