Mesh showing through joint compound

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Old 04-19-12, 10:35 AM
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Mesh showing through joint compound

Before I start working on my master bath remodel, I've got a couple of holes to patch. I bought a kit that had an aluminum patch which I put on the wall and then covered with joint compound, which I then let dry for 24 hours. I sanded it and parts of the mesh were exposed. I put another coat on it, let it dry another day, and used a finer grit sanding block and the mesh is still exposed. Have I not put enough joint compound on it? What am I doing wrong? Would I be better off just to cut out the hole and put a drywall patch in there? Help!

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Can you feel the mesh or just see it?

If the former, then you need more mud. If the latter, primer and paint should suffice.

I suspect you will need more joint compound.
 
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On the lower right corner, you can see and feel it. On the remainder, you can just see it.

How thick should I apply the mud?
 
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Thin coats are best, maybe try a couple more thin coats before you sand again. Also, I would cover a much larger area so you can feather the mud out.
 
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I'm kinda wondering about that leaf pattern I see near the bottom. Is that wall paper?
 
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Wallpaper?!?

Ugh, say it isn't so....
 
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Thanks, Mitch17, I'll put a couple more coats up.

Gunguy45, it's a mobile home, so the walls are covered with that "wonderful" vinyl paper that came with it, which we will cover with paint.

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Tell me there are absolutely no adhesion issues with that paper.
 
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Doesn't seem to be. What I've put up so far has held to the wall fine. As for paint, we painted a wall a few years ago and it's held up just fine. Not my first choice for wall surfaces, but it's paid for.

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Good. Paint over paper is generally a bad idea but I know that vinyl stuff in a MH is even worse to remove.
 
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You can't [or shouldn't] remove the factory wallpaper that's on MH walls. The printed vinyl takes the place of the regular paper on normal drywall - if you remove it your down to the gypsum

It's best to use a good primer when painting MH drywall.
 
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It's looking somewhat better this morning, but I've still had to touch up some spots. After this, I think it should look OK. Thanks for everyone's help.

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Just wanted to post another photo that shows how much better it looks. It lays flat, the edges are smooth to the touch and a level put up against the wall shows virtually no "hump" in the center. Thanks for all the advice.

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