Drywall repair/refinish?


Old 04-08-07, 10:45 AM
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Drywall repair/refinish?

I've removed 4X6 granite tile splashgaurds around our kitchen counter. Left over is the thinset and possibly other adhesives on the wall. Our plan is NOT to have a splashguard, is there a way to effectively remove and smooth this down to the wall for a smooth finish? or do i have to cut the portions out and re-wall the area?

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Old 04-09-07, 04:52 AM
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It is possible to remove it all and make the wall paintable. It does involve a fair amount of work and lots of elbow grease

Basically scrape, chisel and sand, or whatever you need to do to remove it all. You will probably have exposed some of the gypsum so anywhere the drywall paper is tore or missing you need to prime it with a solvent based primer before applying any joint compound. You will likely need to skim coat the entire area. If you have any trouble floating on the j/c evenly it is a simple matter to sand down the high areas and/or ad j/c to any low areas.

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