Fixing wallboard

Old 04-13-03, 07:06 PM
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Fixing wallboard

I removed wallpaper in our bathroom. It had been on about 20 years or so. I found out that the wall had not been primed first. Now I need to fix the walls. Some of the paper came off the drywall. I tried to use joint compound and fill in and smooth so I could paint. What happened is on the edges the existing paper warped (is wavey) I NEED HELP!! How can I fix it? thanks
Old 04-13-03, 08:32 PM
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Hello nitenurse and welcome to the forums.

By existing paper I'm thinking you're talking about face paper on the drywall? If so I'd suggest cutting the "wavy areas" back with a sharp utility knife, to where the rock is solidly intact. Now the key to drywall finishing is the same as with painting, coats & patience.

Don't try to put too thick a coat of mud on at once. Also what type of mud are you using? If it's all purpose, (black labeling usually) it'll need to be thinned considerably for use as a skim coat. We generally only use this for initial pre-fill. For skim coating we use "Lite" joint compound, (blue box or bucket lid) again thin it down some with water. You need to get your mud to a creamy consisyency w/o getting it too thin.

You can mix small batches by hand, but I'd recommend getting a elec drill & a mixer paddle available from big box or local hardware stores to mix your mud with.

Good luck with the patch job, post back if you have more ?'s & let us know how it comes out.

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