Asked on Feb 12, 2017

How do you repair Sheetrock when the paper bubbles?

Thank you!
  5 answers
  • Ardale Ardale on Feb 12, 2017

    Hi, this is an easy fix! I just go to the vets office and ask to buy one large syringe including needle and explain what I want it for. They aren't expensive. Now having done that just water down your wallpaper glue just enough where you can fill your syringe and can gently push a small amount of glue easily out of the needle. Now all you have to do is push your needle thru the surface of the wall paper in the middle of your bubble at a slight angle deposit a small amount of glue then pull the needle out. Now all you want to do is smooth your bubble out until it's completely gone, take a damp cloth and wash off any glue that squeezed out rinse your cloth and wipe again just to be sure all glue is gone because it will yellow after it dries on top of your paper. To smooth out your bubble once you get the glue inside it you can use either a plastic scrapper, an auto body plastic bondo scrapper, an old credit card, or pretty much anything with a straight edge that won't gouge or tear your wall paper. Once dry your bubbles will be a thing of the past and they won't be coming back. I like to use the premixed wallpaper paste and for your job all you'd need is a small container of it. You can get that at pretty much any hardware store like Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-mart or anywhere else that sells wallpaper. This is really easy to fix and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

    • Dan S Dan S on Mar 21, 2020

      I used this syringe method on a bubble about 3” in diameter that was near an electrical outlet. I used normal “Elmers” glue very watered down. Poked needle near the outer edges then used a credit card to push in and around. I cannot tell there was ever a bubble there.

      BTW, I just ordered some syringes off Amazon for about $7.

      thanks for the tip!

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Feb 13, 2017

    Cut above and below the bubbled section with a utility knife and remove the tape between the cuts. Remove the entire tape if air bubbles are present throughout.

    Mix the drywall compound to a creamy consistency. Add water if necessary.

    Apply a layer of drywall compound to the joint or the area below the removed tape, slightly wider than the width of the tape.

    Cut or tear a piece of drywall tape the required length. Center the tape over the area and place it directly on the drywall compound. Hold the top edge of the tape pull the drywall knife down the tape. Press evenly with slight pressure to embed the tape in the drywall compound and remove any air bubbles. Allow the mud to dry thoroughly before proceeding.

    Dip the long edge of an 8-inch drywall trowel in the drywall compound. Apply a thin 1/16-inch layer of drywall compound over the strip of drywall tape. Allow the drywall compound to dry completely and repeat one time.

    Things You Will Need

    • Utility knife
    • Drywall compound
    • Mixing paddle
    • Electric drill
    • 4- or 6-inch drywall knife
    • Drywall tray
    • Drywall tape
    • 8-inch drywall trowel
    • Sanding sponge


    Sand the area, after the drywall compound is dry, to create a smooth surface for painting.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 13, 2017

    Good luck!!! Let us know how it goes!

  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Feb 18, 2017

    When using paper tape, I always wet it before applying to the first layer of drywall mud. I have good luck with it embedding into the mud when it is pre- moistened. Then do a second skim coat over that. Let it dry.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 04, 2021

    Hello there,

    I have a question to you, What has caused the paper to bubble? It could be condensation, in which case you need to make sure you have adequate ventilation!