Do I have to replace my drywall or can I just paint?

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My roof has been leaking for a while, I have since fix it but my paint on my ceiling is peaking off in chunks. Can I just scrape the paint off and repaint or do I need to replace all the drywall

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  • Nancy Ludwig Nancy Ludwig on Sep 10, 2018

    If it is just the paint, sand it, prime it and repaint it. But, if you have bulging and the drywall is wet inside, cut out the damaged area, patch it with a piece of new drywall, tape it, sand it, prime it and repaint it. All dependent on the level of water damage.

  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Sep 10, 2018

    Hello, you will have to at least replace the drywall in the area where the chunks are. Once you take that down you will be able to tell whether it has gone further.

  • William William on Sep 10, 2018

    If there is no damage to the drywall (soft or spongy) then you can scrape off the paint. Sand smooth. Prime with Kilz and paint. Primer will seal any stains.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Sep 10, 2018

    You need to put a primer on first if the paper on the drywall is still in good condition. Then put your finish coat on which should be a ceiling paint.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 10, 2018

    You should also check the insulation above it. Often times there is mold and it will need to be replaced.

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