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Old 10-20-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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Smoothing out a painted and not painted drywall surface


I just removed some cabinets from a wall and now want to paint the wall. However, part of the wall is painted (where the cabinet was not) and the other part is not painted (where the cabinet covered). So now I am trying to figure out how to smooth the two levels so that when I repaint the entire wall it will not be noticeable. I tried sanding with 120 grit, but this did not make any improvement. Do I need to add compound to blend the two sections together? Or, what would you suggest?

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Old 10-20-2008, 02:16 PM   #2
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A couple thin coats of joint compund should do it. Then prime the joint compound after sanding it smooth.

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Old 10-20-2008, 03:33 PM   #3
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Yes, matthew has it right... just a skim of slightly thinned premix J/C on the boundries and then a good sanding. I find that a roll with some nice, thick, stain-blocking primer (I use SW PrepRite ProBlock Latex), on top of that provides a nice hefty amount of roller stipple that will help you blend into the existing surface.

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A couple thin coats of joint compund should do it. Then prime the joint compound after sanding it smooth.
This is how i would do it too.
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Sometimes a good carbide paint scraper will help to knock down the highest painted area where the paint met the cabinet; then as others have said, use drywall mud. I like to use hot mud...but either will work.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:50 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your suggestions...I was concerned you would be able to see where the compound was behind the paint because of the smoothness. It sounds like a thick primer will create the texture im looking for to blend into the existing walls. Thanks again!

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