Dryall Repair – Remember to Prime Twice

Last time we showed the techniques we started to use in our effort to repair damaged drywall caused by changing the position of bath towel rack.

Just because the holes are small does not mean that care does not need to be taken to do the job right.

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Repositioned Towel Rack Dryall Repair   Remember to Prime Twice

So, this is the position of the repair home renovation project when we left it in our last article:

Second Layer of Drywall Compound Applied and Dried Dryall Repair   Remember to Prime Twice

If you recall, the steps we took to get us to the picture above were:

  1. make the holes larger by using a utility knife to get rid of the damaged drywall paper membrane,
  2. apply not one but two layers of drywall compound (ensuring the first layer was sufficiently dry before applying the second), and then
  3. sanding so the area with the drywall compound is flush with the rest of the wall’s surface.

Now is the next step applying the paint?

Nope.

The next step is to apply one coat of primer.

One Coat of Primer Applied to Drywall Repair Dryall Repair   Remember to Prime Twice

Once this home maintenance project is complete, you want it to appear as if the towel rack was initially installed in its current position. To obtain this view you need there to be no difference in the tone of the paint applied on top of the repaired wall area compared to the rest of the wall.

Closeup of Single Primer Coat Applied to Wall Repair Dryall Repair   Remember to Prime Twice

Therefore apply primer just as was done initially to the dry wall sheets and compound when the wall was initially built.

Yet, what should have been done when the wall was initially constructed would have been two primer coats? Why? Having the second primer coat allows for a more true color of the paint to come through.

Second Coat Of Primer Dryall Repair   Remember to Prime Twice

Therefore, after a couple of hours to allow the initial primer coat to sufficiently dry before re-coating, according to the instructions on the primer can’s label, I then applied a second primer coat.

Primer Coat Number 2 Applied to Wall Repair Dryall Repair   Remember to Prime Twice

And yes, do notice that the second primer coat covered more than just the drywall repair compound. I did this technique have a gradual layering of the primer on the wall.

Once this was done I then proceeded to apply the paint. However, all was not all that it seemed.

Select this link to the third and last article in this series on easy bathroom drywall repair.

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