How to Repair Torn Drywall Paper

So you’ve finally managed to remove that trim or tile and the RIP! In addition, there is some drywall paper (also called cladding). What started as a fun update project has now turned into an annoying repair project. The damage is not deep, but unsightly. So what’s the right way to fix it? Why don’t you ask us a difficult question? We looked at mending a hole in a drywall and it will be easier. How to fix and mend torn drywall paper is a pro tip that you should have in your back pocket.


Well that is not tearable – follow these steps

1. Remove loose paper with a utility knife

You will likely still have some ragged or hanging paper from the tear, so use a razor or utility knife to remove it. The edges of the crack should be flush against the wall.

2. Important: Seal the exposed plaster of paris

The plaster of paris will absorb moisture from latex paint, so you’ll need to seal it to avoid blisters. You can use a drywall primer and sealer, or even old oil-based paint that you told yourself you would use or throw away, but neither did.

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3. Cover the area with grout

Spread a thin layer of grout (drywall mud) over the surface with a spatula. Drywall mud not only fills the torn area, it creates a new surface. Make sure the grout extends about an inch past the edges of the crack. Apply the mud as evenly as possible. It can still look uneven or pockmarked, especially if you’ve never done this before. Don’t worry – read on.

Remaining Steps to Repair Torn Drywall Paper

4. Sand the area

It is common to use fine sandpaper such as 120 grit to sand the area. For larger areas, you can use a larger tool such as the Hart 20V eccentric sander. We even used an oscillating multitool with sanding accessories.

However, we prefer a wet sand before the grout is fully hardened. Wet sanding does not create any fine particles or dust on the floor. It gently removes the high spots of the area and fills in the low spots.

The curing time depends on the temperature and humidity – as well as the selected grout. We are happy to give the area about 45 minutes to cure. Touch the mass to make sure it’s not so wet that it comes off your fingers. It should be firm but pliable. Use a damp sponge to gently sand the area and create a smooth surface with the rest of the wall.

If you’d rather dry-sand or wait for everything to dry completely, you can also get some sanding sponges on hand to get the job done.

5. Apply another layer of grout

What’s better than a shift? Two of course. A second coat will likely be needed to make the mud cover wide and smooth enough for it to blend in. If you do it right, you will never notice the area again after you paint it. You will likely want to repeat the sanding step as well.


6. Color

The traces of the crack disappear here. Paint the area and enjoy this invisible repair. Please also note our tips for cleaning up quickly.

Hopefully, if you need to fix torn drywall paper, this pro tip will help. If you’re a professional handyman and have any drywall tips, add them in the comments below – or contact us with your own professional tips.

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