Repairing water-damaged paint (possibly drywall)?


If it was indeed just recent & not an ongoing for years situation. Then, let it dry for a week or 2 & see how solid it is then. As long as it feels as solid as before & the rest of the walls, then definitely scrape off what bubbled, split & wrinkled paint you can so there are no lifting or flapping edges.

You'll want to fill those new low spots with Joint Compound or Spackle for a nothing ever happened end result. Lay that on in very-very thin coats just as thick as the paint you have surrounding the scraped areas. Dry-Sand with sandpaper to perfection & a lot of dust or Wet-Sand with a wet sponge for no dust. Let dry & do another Compound or Spackle coat, if needed & sand again.

Then, roller-on a Stain Blocking Primer & let that cure for 2-days, you shouldn't need a 2nd coat but do that if it's needed. And finally, roller-on your paint, 2-coats over the primer-ed areas & even do the rest of both walls to get everything uniform & to use up your paint...of course do...

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Water damage and stains on drywall are usually the result of a leaky roof or plumbing fixture. Minor damage and stains can easily be repaired. When the damage is not severe enough to require the replacement of the damaged wallboard the following steps will lead you through the repair. The photo to the right shows a water stain but there was also loosened drywall mud and paint which is hard to see.

First make sure the drywall is still attached to the studs or framing. If the wallboard is sagging or broken it will need to be replaced. There may be blistered paint or loose layers of drywall mud but the wallboard itself is solid and secured to the studs. If the wallboard is sagging slightly try to snug it up using drywall screws. Start at the outer edge of the sag. Make sure the screws go into the studs and try not to break through the surface of the wallboard. Work slowly toward the worst part of the sag using the screws to pull up the board.

With the...

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Winter’s wet and windy weather is more than just an excuse to wrap yourself in a blanket and binge watch your favorite TV show, it’s also why, over time, moisture can seep into your walls and cause your paint to bubble, peel, and flake. Fortunately, fixing minor wall damage isn’t as hard as you might think: Just follow these 5 easy steps and your wall will be beautiful — and you’ll be back on the couch — again in no time.

After assessing the damage for rot or other damage to the drywall, which would require a bigger project, you start with the obvious:

Clean The Area

This is pretty much the first step for any traditional paint project, including repairing water damage on walls. Use a clean damp cloth to scrub away any dirt/dust, and then give the area time to dry.

Scrape The Area

This is the fun part — get a paint scraper and go to town, remove any bubbling, peeling, or flaking around the edges of the affected area. Stop when it become a...

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A small leak in your roof or from a busted pipe can lead to extensive water damage of insulation, drywall and paint – not to mention mold and mildew. Check out examples and advice for fixing water-related damage in your home.

As a home improvement and repair service provider we get a lot of calls near the end of winter for water damage related repairs. Most often the water damage is caused by ice dams, which usually occur when gutters aren’t cleaned out before the winter and attics aren’t properly insulated. When an attic isn’t insulated properly the warm air from inside the home causes a cycle of thawing and refreezing of the snow on the roof, as pictured below. Ice dams form, melting snow becomes standing water on the roof, and the water trickles its way into the home. This causes water damage to insulation, drywall, paint and can even cause damage to the framing if left untreated. The image below from illustrates the process:

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Interesting. . .colorant chalk.

Well - the purpose in my mind for doing this in my bathroom was to prevent scratches and other damage from being obvious if it happens. I did a heavy texture with a two-tone paint over in the livingroom and damage has happend in a lot of places (kids and pets) and I've had to do a LOT of touchup.

However, it's far less likely that the upper 1/2 of my bathroom wall will sustain the same amount of damage that my livingroom and hallway walls have received.

Further, after putting up the mud (untinted) and texturing then bringing in the tile so I could decide what paint color to use on the walls I realized that the walls are 'busy' enough with the texture and the white mud, so I'll be painting with white paint - no color - nipping this bathroom issue in the bud. (our tiles are a blue/grey - busy pattern - and my husband commented that we cannot darken up the bathroom at ALL because he's tired of feeling like he's a caveman when...

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Look for drywall screws.

Depending on the age of the house you're working in, the drywall will either be nailed or screwed into the studs. To remove drywall that's nailed in, you'll simply start prying up the sections of drywall, piece by piece. If, on the other hand, the drywall is screwed in, you might need to take a bit more time to remove the screws before you start prying it loose. Screws that are bedded in joint compound can be very difficult to locate and remove.

Drywall screws can sometimes be removed with a Philips-head screwdriver, but depending on the condition of the wall, this may be more hassle than it's worth. Look at the screws and the condition of the drywall itself. If they're easy to remove, go ahead and remove them. It'll mean less elbow grease down the road. If the drywall is wet, or if the screws are mangled, rusted, or otherwise difficult to remove, go ahead and start prying the drywall loose as if they were simply nailed...
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DEAR TIM: A water line burst in our home and created a significant leak. We were home and able to contain most of the water, but quite a bit got through the floor ruining the drywall ceiling in the basement. Is there an easy way to deal with water-damaged drywall? Can we just wait for it to dry and then repaint it? How do you make the determination as to whether or not you have to cut out the ceiling and start over? Susie W., Baltimore, MD

DEAR SUSIE: For over three decades I’ve been dealing with drywall that’s suffered the indignity of getting wet. Sometimes we’ve saturated the drywall with water on purpose at the jobsite to get it to bend, but most times a roof leak, foundation leak, plumbing misfortune or chronic condensation causes drywall to fail.

Water damaged this ceiling and the ruined drywall was cut out so that new drywall can be installed and finished. PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Carter

I can clearly remember past calls from shocked customers who’ve lost...

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No matter how conscientious you are in maintaining your home, you will inevitably discover at one time or another that a plumbing or roof leak has left a water-damaged ceiling or wall. No amount of scrubbing can remove a water stain, so repair is necessary. Painting directly over a bad stain will usually not work, as the stain will bleed through the new paint. Proper surface preparation before repainting will give you a much better result. Find and repair water leaks first, however, or your repairs will be short lived.

Repairing Drywall

Check the drywall carefully in the area you will repair to ensure it is still attached securely to the studs beneath. Look for damaged areas – broken or severely sagging pieces – that will need replacement. If the wall feels solid and looks smooth, you can turn your attention to surface preparation, but sags, blisters or peeling areas require additional preparation.

Reattach any loose drywall to the studs using drywall...

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Cost-Effective Repair

Unless you’re a regular DIY-er, it may be more cost-effective to hire a professional to do your drywall repair. The materials for drywall repair are relatively inexpensive, but the items add up—putty knives, utility knife, drywall saw, drill, patching screens, compound, etc. Plus, compound is usually sold in large quantities—you may end up with a lot of material you’ll never need again, at least not before they go bad (drywall compound has a shelf life of about 9 months).

Once you get all the materials, there’s still the issue of performance. Drywall compound isn’t the most cooperative substance. DIY drywall repair often ends up lumpy—not quite the texture you’re trying to match.

The experts at Mike’s Quality Painting in Albuquerque can do your drywall repair, possibly for less than it would cost you to do it yourself (especially once you calculate the cost of repairing your repairs). We are also experts at texture matching, so your drywall repair...

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No matter how careful you are, how high quality your plumbing is, or how high quality your drywall is, your drywall might eventually sustain water damage. Leaky roofs or leaking plumbing are the most common causes of water damage to drywall, but you might also notice water damage and not really understand where it has come from. Water can seriously compromise the integrity of your drywall, and the best thing you can do is to repair the damage as quickly as possible, before it has an opportunity to spread or an opportunity to buckle and destroy your drywall.

Your first step is to make sure that the drywall is still properly attached to the frame of your room. If the board has started to sag away from the framing, you are just going to have to repair the entire piece of drywall. There is a difference between wallboard that is sagging and wallboard that has blistering paint or loose layers. If the paint is just blistered or has a few loose layers, this board can usually...

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Drywall is commonly used for the main walls of homes and offices; it can also be used on your ceiling. If you’ve found yourself with drywall water damage from leaks, floods or general sloping near your house, you will want to act swiftly to correct the problem and prevent further damage. Nobody wants to see water damage on drywall, so here are a few tips to restore it.

The first thing you’ll want to do is block off the entire area that’s damaged. Feel around for drywall that is damp or soft. These areas could also help you detect water pipes that might be cracked and causing the leak. If you notice water dripping off the roof or from overhead in your house, you should call in a professional drywall expert right away! If you feel like you can handle it on your own, then keep this checklist with you:

Some Supplies You’ll Need

Heavy-duty fans Mesh patches for drywall Joint compound Drywall tape Nails Putty knife

You will need to isolate the wet area and cut away...

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Have you ever looked at your wall, and found a patch of it to be a different color than the rest? If that patch grows over time, and particularly if that patch starts to bubble, then you may have a busted leak in your walls. While repairing a leak in the wall can be a little frustrating, perhaps the most frustrating part of the whole mess is needing to fix the water damage to your wall. Repairing water damaged walls isn't something that is particularly hard, just a little time consuming.

1 Fix the leak. Initially, before you can even really begin repair water damaged walls, you need to fix the leak that caused the water damage. The best way to get this done properly is to hire a professional plumber to come out and inspect the pipes as quickly as possible. Of course, you should always turn your water off as soon as you see any water damaged areas so that the damage does not spread. Cut a hole. After you have repaired the leak, cut out a few holes near the water damaged area of...
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Something has leaked and now you need to repair water damaged drywall. What went wrong? Did the toilet overflow? Is your roof leaking? Before you worry about the drywall, you need to figure out what happened and fix that problem.

Not sure if this is your problem? See the articles 'How To Patch Drywall' and 'Drywall Repair' for a listing of related topics along with solutions for problems.

Locating Leaks

Work backwards from the leak. What is above it? Remember that water runs down hill, so the damaged drywall is below the problem. Do you have a bathroom above the spot. You have a lot of water that runs through a bathroom. Is something clogged? Is something leaking?

Once you have dealt with the leak you can attend to your drywall problem. To repair water damaged drywall may not be that hard. Sometimes it is just a stain. Don't make the mistake of thinking that a coat of paint will solve it. Actually, paint may solve the problem, but it needs to be the...

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There are several ways to correct this problem,depending on what kind of finish your ceiling has on it. Any way you go about it, you do have to scrape the blistering paint off first. Nothing will stick to an unstable surface.Not for long anyway. If you have that acoustical pop-corny -stuff on it,you will need to get some Acoustical repair /patch.That comes in to different colors,"Old Patch " and "New". The difference being one is darker than the other. They sell it in buckets( pre-mixed) or bags for mixing it yourself( to use in a Hopper Gun).You will need to use a Stain Blocking Primer on the stain first.One made by Kilz is very good. It contains allot of pigment for water stain blocking. You can get brush on,or spray. Kilz also has one just for the ceiling stains called," Up- Shot" . That is a spray that spray's straight up,instead of out like regular spray cans do. "Bins" and " Zinnzer" also make good products for this. The key for a professional looking...

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Q. A water line burst in our home and created a significant leak. We were home and able to contain most of the water, but quite a bit got through the floor, ruining the drywall ceiling in the basement. Is there an easy way to deal with water-damaged drywall? Can we just wait for it to dry and then repaint it? How do you decide whether to replace the drywall? - Susie W., Baltimore

A. I've been dealing for three decades with drywall that has suffered the indignity of getting wet. Sometimes we have saturated the drywall with water on purpose at the job site to get it to bend, but most times a roof leak, foundation leak, plumbing misfortune or chronic condensation has caused the drywall to fail.

I can clearly remember past calls from shocked customers who have lost entire ceilings when, without notice, the drywall crashes to the floor. The weight of the water and loss of structural integrity of the gypsum core causes the drywall panels to tear away from the fasteners....

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Knowing 'How To Repair Drywall' can save you time and money. The drywall you need to fix will likely fall into one of four categories, patching large and small holes in drywall,smoothing or fixing uneven drywall, repairing cracked drywall and installing new drywall in place of old damaged material. Although the materials are similar, the techniques vary a little

There are descriptions below for all of the problems you may be having with your drywall or sheetrock. There is even a section dealing with 'moldy drywall'. Also there are links to 'how to' articles that will give you tips and tricks on getting a professional finish.

Finding and Fixing Drywall Problems

Below you will find some common problems you are likely to have with your drywall. There is a brief description and a link that will lead you to additional drywall information.

You have dents, dings and small holes in your drywall, that you want to fix before you paint.

This is a common...

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