How to Repair Drywall Seams
As a home shifts and settles, the invisible drywall seams can begin to put stress on the wall and begin to show. The good news is that this is a repair that can be completed quickly and easily with only a few tools. Here's how you do it.
1. Clean Out The Seam.
Drywall seams inevitably collect dust and debris. Clean out the area and remove any loose tape. If the seam is a metal corner brace, make sure the area underneath the brace is clear of debris. Tack down the metal brace with a drywall screw or nail where it has raised. Then sand down the area to remove any remaining loose debris.
2. Apply a Coat Of Wall Primer.
Just about any wall primer will work. Make sure that the area covered by this fresh coat extends at least 2 inches beyond the repair site so you'll get a flush repair. Allow the primer to dry completely.
3. Add New Tape And/Or Joint Compound.
For wide seams that have cracked through, drywall tape may need to be applied to stabilize the wall. Then you're ready to apply a thin coat of compound with a putty knife. Plastic knives tend to work better because metal ones can rust. Allow the compound to dry completely and then apply a second thin coat of compound.
4. Sand The New Compound Flush.
Your goal here is to create a flush repair surface that matches up with the surface of your wall. You'll want a smooth, even surface that is free of dust. If the surface has edges or gaps that are uncovered, then another thin layer of compound to create a flush surface will be necessary. Breathing protection for this repair step is a must.
5. Finish The Repair.
Once the surface of the repair has been made flush, you're ready to finish the repair. Apply texture to the repair if needed and allow it to dry so that it can match the wall. Then cover with another coat of wall primer. Once the primer has dried, the wall is ready to be painted to match. Knowing how to repair drywall seams can help an old, cracked wall look brand new once again. Follow these steps and you'll be able to successfully complete this repair.
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