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Old 03-07-2013, 03:22 PM   #16
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Sand areas where paint was removed, including edge of paint
Here's where the how to treat torn sheet rock paper comes in..
With a utility knife cut a loop around the torn area ( not deep- just through the paper. This will give a place for the ripping to stop.
Then with a fairly rough piece of sandpaper, sand the torn area until it stops flaking off in layers. Then it is ready to seal with the gardz. Make sure that when you do prime it, that the gardz really saturates the torn area, and give it some time to dry. ( a couple hours, particulary with a fan on it is good, gardz dries very fast)

Wipe down ceiling to remove dust with damp rag and allow to dry
Apply coat of Gardz to entire ceiling and allow to dry
Skim coat bare, damaged, or uneven areas and allow to dry
Sand skim-coated areas
Wipe down ceiling to remove dust with damp rag and allow to dry
I worry a bit on using a damp rag. Sometime the moisture will soften and make marks in the mud. I personally whisk it down or better yet vacuum it.- personal preference..
(Last three steps get repeated until surface is smooth and even)
Apply coat of Gardz and allow to dry
Apply coat of primer
Gardz is actually a great primer- but it is clear so hard to see imperfections. After the initial coat of Gardz to seal the torn paper, you could use a pigmented primer for all the rest.
Apply coat of ceiling paint

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:33 AM   #17
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I ran into that problem on a much smaller scale. Eliminated it by sweeping really good and wiping entire ceiling with damp rag.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:16 PM   #18
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Quick update

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone here for all of the advice. Without the help, I would have never been able to finish this job. I have since finished that ceiling, and with the new info, have finished four other areas in the house with no issues. I can't say thank you enough - you saved me a ton of headaches and, more importantly, the money I would have had to shell out to have someone else fix my mistake.


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