When painting interior walls and ceilings we always completely inspect drywall for imperfections and damage that requires repair. It is our policy to never paint over drywall that requires repair.
The most common repairs are nail pops, joint tape failure and corner cracks. These are easy to fix and come standard with our painting service. Larger holes from removing fixtures or vents require new drywall to be installed in the patched area. This takes more time but can be repaired and painted in the same day.
Larger drywall repairs due to moisture and mold related issues require more time.
Find The Root Cause
One common problem that requires drywall repair is caused by moisture from a leaky roof or plumbing pipe. When drywall absorbs moisture it becomes heavy and causes taped seams to crack. If left untreated it can create mold growth that will stain beyond the moisture stain.
It is our policy to not perform any drywall repairs for moisture related problems prior to the moisture problem being addressed. If moisture has damaged plaster, we recommend that you hire a drywall contractor to remove all plaster and replace it with drywall.
If drywall damage is due to structural issues, we recommend that you hire a carpenter to address the structural damage.
Larger Repair Process
Large section repairs due to moisture and mold related issues requires the most time. Seams are taped and mudded followed by light sanding when dried. The second and third coat of mud is feathered over the seam and also sanded to create a level 4 finish.
Once the larger drywall repair is finished it must be dusted and primed prior to painting the wall or ceiling. Depending on the size and complexity of the repair the entire process may take multiple days to finish painting.