fixing tear in drywall

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Old 09-01-09, 09:10 AM
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fixing tear in drywall

Hello, I am repainting my kitchen and there are a couple of spots I need to fix first. They look like the top drywall layer is "peeled" off, almost like paper.How do I fix this?Thanks
 
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Depends.

If it is in a conspicuous spot (or subject to regular humidity) and it is a small patch, I would replace the drywall. Cut out a square, replace with same thickness square, then tape and mud.

If it's inconspicuous, or enormous, and not subject to regular humidity, I would skim coat. First, I would prime the area. Then skim coat with mud, feathering the edges with the intact wall. Then prime over that.

I've done this a few times, most notably on a bedroom that we inherited with layers of stone-aged border paper that ripped the drywall paper off. 3 years later, you can't tell, and no troubles.

Also, depending on how big the patch is, you could layer in either drywall paper tape, or scrape the rock off of a piece of scrap drywall and use its paper.
 
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No need to replace the paper but you do need to prime the exposed gypsum before applying joint compound. It's best to use a solvent based primer. The moisture in latex primers can cause the edges of the paper to peel some more
 
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Originally Posted by marksr View Post
No need to replace the paper but you do need to prime the exposed gypsum before applying joint compound. It's best to use a solvent based primer. The moisture in latex primers can cause the edges of the paper to peel some more
I have run into this situation with several bathrooms I have completed. Kilz works well on the drywall and I usually use a 20 or 45 minute set drywall compound to prevent bubbling.
 
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