I don't know how to fix this. Should I sand it down, rip it out and replace
the section, what would work best here. I don't want to start poking around
for fear of tearing it even more - or is it one of those "you're hosed cut
it out and replace."
Gosh, it looks more like some failed wallpaper. Is it on the ceiling
or wall? If is was me I would get after is with a scraper until all
loose material is removed. Then you will be in a better position to
evaluate your options.
I have dealt with what I believe is a similare problem and was able to
prevent further failures by covering the repair with oil based primers
and enamels. I have had far fewer failures after using oil base
products. I also used a high gloss paint but it's not for everyone.
It is however super durable and unlikely to fail.
It looks like the paper was torn off and restuck...
Take a scraper and lift out the loose stuff.
At best, you just need a skim coat over the exposed gypsum.
At worst you'll have a hole that should be fairly simple to patch.
Hard to tell the size of this gouge. Anyway, remove all the loose
material. If the area is large, more than 10x10", then replace the
section with a new drywall section (you may need to install wood
pieces and use drywall screws for support.) Use drywall compound and
several putty knives. The beginning coat will use the smallest knife,
then allow to dry, sand smooth, then repeat using the next larger
knife. A work light held against the wall with your head against the
wall will reveal bumps. Lay down and tape paper against the baseboard
to catch the dust (do not use a vacuum). Prime and paint.
Yeah I can do that, I just didn't have the space or items on hand to do
that. There's a 400 lb filing cabinet in front of it and I just couldn't
get my body in a position to take a good shot of it.
I'm painting that room, so I do need to fix the hole, otherwise that filing
cabinet would stay right where it was.
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