Advice Requested - Curved Repair
We've been in our new (new to us, but home is 6 years old) home and noticed upon move in a crack and loose piece of drywall. Over the past 4 months the loose piece has since fallen off. I was initially concerned about a leak in the roof but the area is dry so I'm not really sure what caused this problem to begin with. I know its dry because I can feel it and I can look behind the wall since the door in the picture goes to the attic.
I have patched walls before with no problem but never repaired a curved piece of drywall and no idea how to match the ceiling color since the previous owners didn't leave any of that or what materials to use. The brown color is no problem since they did leave a gallon of that.
These pictures should help illustrate the problem.
With a putty knife, remove any existing joint compound that is loose. Then, lightly sand the area, to remove some of the gloss from the surface of the paint.
Mask off the surrounding area, leaving 3 or 4 inches exposed around the damaged area.
Patch with new joint compound or spackle. Allow to dry/set completely. Apply additional spackle if needed, until the repaired area is flush or slightly higher than the existing finish. After finaly spackle application has set, sand lightly, to blend it in.
Wall texture can be purchased in aerosol cans. Lowes has it in the paint section. Practice on a piece of cardboard first, then apply the texture to your repair. Allow to dry completely.
Seal the repair with primer, then paint to match.
For the ceiling paint - if you retained any of the old chips, a paint store can help you match it. However, in all reality, even a white that is slightly off tint will go unnoticed by everyone other than yourself.
When you sand and go out away from the repair instead of just roughing up the paint you need to sand the texture off that far out because if you don't the texture will stand too proud and from what I can tell it's a knockdown texture so get the right can. And yes the can do work.
For that small an area at the box store I would get one of the paint samples for $4 matched just be sure it's flat.
the cracks are most likely a combination of the house settling and the way the mud was applied. Typically finishers do not cover the curved portion of bullnose corner bead. It gets sanded smooth. It looks as if they left residue of the curved portion and then sprayed texture over it. The ever so slight movement your house caused that mud to turn loose. if you float back over that area again it will mostly reoccur eventually.
Honestly, your house looks alot like vacation homes we visit on the east coast. OBX.....heavy texture for a quick finish to keep costs down. Typical of the vicinity and the costs associated with hurricane damage.
Respectfully, I'm not sure what you disagree with. I did recommend sanding after filling the repair, to blend it in. I've actually not done a knockdown repair, however, the process shouldn't be too different from an eggshell repair. With eggshell repairs, I've never had to sand down the surrounding texture....just don't go crazy with the texture can. If you get a bit too much overspray, you can sand or whipe the overspray off before priming. At any rate, it appears to be a pretty inconspicuous area and will not be noticed after the primer and paint it applied.
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