I have a finished basement, with painted sheetrock on the walls. One
of the walls got water damaged a year ago, due to outside flooding.
The exterior problem has since been fixed, and everything is now dry.
The result, however, is a fair amount of minor "bubbling" on the
Can this be sanded down and re-painted, or do I need to have new
sheetrock installed? I thought I could just have it sanded, but a
friend of mine said that sheetrock has a top layer of paper, and you
cannot just sand this down.
depends on how good you want it to look, where you live and how moist
the basement is on an ongoing basis
is the wall textured or smooth?
your friend is correct, actually paper on both sides
and if you sand too much you'll "burn through" the paper but no huge
deal, you can just mud over it to smooth it out
I'd sand or cut off the bumps, skim coat with a little 20 minute mud,
let dry (use a fan), prime & paint
it will be fine
I agree, you probably could shave it down and build it back up with
joint compound, but it'll probably be easier/quicker to just knock it
down and start over, and you'll get a better finish that way and also
you won't wonder whether there's any mold you didn't get.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Peel,cut or scrape ALL loose paper off (bubbles).. MUCH easier than
sanding.Re-screw affected area..Re-set popped screwheads..skim coat the area
2 or 3 times. Using Sheetrock Brand Easysand setting type Joint Compound
(20,45,90) instead of regular joint compound will help with any mold as it
seems mold doesn't like it for some reason...LOL...Sand,prime and paint..If
sheetrock crumbles and falls apart then you will have to cut out the
affected area and put up new Rock...Good luck....
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