Help me fix this first time patch job


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Old 07-17-16, 05:34 AM
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Help me fix this first time patch job

This was my first attempt at patching some drywall and I did it horribly. I took out a a closet and tried to just replace the sections where the wood existed. I guess it was more uneven than I thought it would be. Obviously the paint doesn't help. I don't know much about skimming and am wondering if I am better off tearing it out and redoing the whole section of the wall.

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Old 07-17-16, 05:40 AM
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Not sure why it turns the pics so I apologize if its hard to see
 
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Old 07-17-16, 05:44 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Skimming will require the use of a 12" knife to get it to lay out and make the hump disappear. Thin out your mud a little (very little) so it will flow a little better than it does right out of the can. Put some on your knife and place the knife edge on top of your hump, spreading the mud to each side of the hump. Don't overwork the mud, just get it feathered out. You can lightly sand it later.

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Old 07-17-16, 05:48 AM
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You might try sanding it some first although latex paint doesn't sand well. Spreading a wider coat [or 2] of mud will make it look a lot better!
 
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Old 07-17-16, 05:52 AM
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When you say thin it, are you referring to adding a little water to it?
 
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Old 07-17-16, 05:59 AM
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Thanks! I'll give it a go!
 
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Old 07-17-16, 08:54 AM
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The 12" knife has done wonders. I know on the first go it hasn't been perfect, but I have been able to reduce the slope a lot where its not as noticeable. I'll let it dry, lightly sand, and do another skim to fill in.
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Old 07-17-16, 09:45 AM
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See, it isn't rocket science You can take your knife and knock off any high spots as needed prior to applying the next coat of mud. Thinning the j/c with water makes it flow better = easier to get a nice finish.
 
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Keep in mind that paint often accentuates imperfections rather than hide them, so you want to get the wall looking pretty darn good before you paint again. You are on your way, though, nice job so far.
 
 

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