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Drywall tape showing on uneven wall

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01-24-11, 07:49 PM   #1  
Drywall tape showing on uneven wall

I did an embarassingly horrible job. The drywall jutted out a bit but I thought I could even it out. I don't think I used enough mud to cover the tape and enough coats of the stuff to even things out. I've already put primer over it, what should I do at this point?

EDIT: The tape that's showing is for drywall that I added to replace a large hole that was there... the drywall jutted out a bit and I had a really hard time getting it even.

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01-25-11, 03:34 AM   #2  
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You can mud over the paint although it wouldn't hurt to scuff sand it a little. Generally it takes 3 coats of j/c to finish a joint with each coat being wider than the last. The final coat of mud should be applied with a 10"-14" wide knife.

Are there any bubbles in the tape?

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01-25-11, 08:12 AM   #3  
If it were me I would start over. It's really no big deal.

Remove the patch and clean up the area. Cut a piece of new drywall a bit larger than the hole and use it as a template for cutting a new hole. I would cut the hole with a sharp utility knife instead of a jab saw to get a clean edge. When you cut the new hole the patch will fit perfectly. Add nailers behind the patch if needed. the object is to be able to secure the patch edges so that they meet evenly with the wall. Sometimes it's easy to cut all the way back to the studs.

A patch is one of the few places I will use mesh tape. With mesh you can probably get away with 2 coats of mud. Since it's a butt joint your final coat should be at least 8" wide with the edges feathered so that when you slide your hand across the edge you can't feel it.

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01-26-11, 09:36 AM   #4  
I'd just float more mud (and further out), then prime again and paint

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01-28-11, 02:21 PM   #5  
The new drywall looks like it quite a bit thicker than the existing wall. I really think starting over and patching with the correct thickness of drywall would be easier for a novice than trying to float out that much of a thickness variation.

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