Garage Walls/Ceiling

Old 01-18-15, 07:19 PM
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Garage Walls/Ceiling


I want to paint my garage...just two questions

1) There are currently old drywall joint tape in the garage....should I rip them out, put on new tape? or should I just Mud and sand over them?

2) How do you neatly hide all the electrical wires? they seem to be everywhere..

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Old 01-18-15, 09:42 PM
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In any areas where the tape has bubbled or the edges have let go, yes, you need to rip that out and tape it again. And, if in the course of applying more mud, any of that tape begins to bubble, you should cut out anything that bubbles.

It looks like you may need to give that drywall a coat or two of a stainblocking primer before you attempt to paint it.
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As X said - any tape that is loose needs to come off unless you can re adhere it to the drywall by sliding joint compound under the tape. Adding mud over loose tape will not attach the tape to the drywall!!

There isn't a lot you can do about the wires I'd pull them loose from the wall, mud, prime and paint the wall then neatly staple them back up.
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There are a variety of wire mold products available to dress those wire up and make it neat.

That tape job was bad to start with, so don't leave anything that looks bubbled behind. When the moisture from the new mud hits it those bubbles will get worse. Cleaning up what is there will take some patience, just don't try to glop a lot of mud over it in hopes of covering everything. Mudding is a process of adding several very thin layers feathered out to each side. One glop and the feathering process can extend 12" to each side. Or you will see every ugly seam.

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Looks like the tape job in my garage.

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