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Old 07-26-2006, 10:41 AM   #1
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Fixing a wallpaper removal mishap

Unfortunately, someone who was "helping" remove wallpaper with a scraper also removed a huge chunk (about 11x27 inches) of the drywall outer layers down to the cardbard-like center. (His "help" was my inspiration to find another way to remove wallpaper)

It seems to be a bigger area than I can cover with compound. I mean, I can cover it it with compound but I don't know if I can sand it to look flat.

Do I do the best I can with compound? Or do I cut out the affect piece and replace it? I'm in the process of trying to fix it with compound but any suggestions would be gratefully accepted.



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Old 07-26-2006, 01:02 PM   #2
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Whereas the area is so large, If it were me, I would cut out the damaged section back to the nearest studs on each side and replace it with a patch piece of drywall. Treat the patch drywall like any other drywall job where you tape the joints and mud. In this case, you may want to use the self stick kind of tape but either will do. Sand and repaint. Especially where you are already in the process of finishing the walls and removing wallpaper, it really won't be much more work and it will be a strong replacement.


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your quickest option would be to mud over the area its just as easy especially if you have a 12 inch blade to put down the area when your smoothing out before drying. As for making it level just take your time sanding you should be able to fan it out.
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If it's not too deep the "skim coat" of compound should work
The proper procedure would be to primer, repair, sand smooth, re-primer, paint
I'd use a primer specifically for drywall repair, such as Gardz
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