A ripped off wall can be surprisingly easy to fix. With a few tools, time and patience you too can have your walls looking like new again in no time at all. In this blog post we'll explore how to fix a ripped off wall with some simple steps and next-level advice.
THE TOOLS YOU NEED:
- A Ladder
- Screwdriver Or Drill
- Putty Knife
- Kitchen Sponge Or Paintbrush
- Sanding Block Or Sheet Of 80-grit Sandpaper (Sand)
- Primer (For Repair Work) And Paints (For Touch Up).
Assemble the materials and tools you will need for this project to fix ripped off walls. Make sure to keep the paints such as acrylics and enamels separated from each other to avoid mix up after all that hard work.
If you are repainting an area that has been peeled off due to mold or mildew, it is best to use a stain-fighting primer.
Prime first with oil-based primer to prevent it in the future. Allow your primer to dry according to the instructions on the label.
Remove any objects that are hanging on the wall or within reach of where you will be working.
These can include artwork, shelves and especially large mirrors depending on how high up they are hung so you don't risk hitting it with a tool or ladder.
Prepare your mixtures of any paint needed. You may need to mix your paints depending on the kind of wall you are working with to create an exact match.
Use this site to help identify your paint color by entering in the manufacturer's name and number that is found at the top-left corner of your paint can.
Use a putty knife to remove the object that caused the damage such as drywall or plaster from its frame and off of the wall.
Removing it in one piece will make for an easier process rather than having to try and break it up into pieces. You may need to use a screwdriver or drill to remove the screws and nails holding it up.
After removing your damaged wall you will be left with a hole that needs to be patched. Use a kitchen sponge or paintbrush dipped in water mixed with dishwashing soap to clean away any dust that may have accumulated inside the wall from damage such as peeling wallpaper, duct tape or other adhesive material.
Sand your hole down about 1/4 inch around the outside edge. This allows for a better surface to work with when you mix your primer paint and putty mixture.
You should use 80-grit sandpaper (sand) which is more coarse than finer-graded sandpaper like 120 or 150-grit. You can find sandpaper at your local hardware store in either a sheet or roll-format.
Mix the putty and primer together to create a thick paste for filling in the hole. Getting it too wet will make it difficult when you apply it to fill the area so only add small amounts of water until you get the right consistency. It should be toothpaste-like in its texture.
Fill the hole with your mixture. Push it into the opening using a putty knife or trowel until it is slightly below the surface, covering both sides of the hole so it appears balanced on each side of the wall.
There may be some drips that form on the edges of your hole. Clean these by cutting them with a putty knife and using some sandpaper to smooth them out until they are flush with the surface of the wall.
Allow your primer mixture to dry for 24 hours before you attempt to paint it over. Apply another coat or two of primer as needed until you get the desired color match. Apply your paint or wallpaper for touch ups to complete your project.
Reattach any objects that were removed from your wall to complete your project and enjoy your restored room!
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