09:15AM | 09/05/03
Member Since: 09/04/03
1 lifetime posts
My bathroom wall by the tub has water damage from kids sloshing water out. It is about 10 inches by 12 inches. I have scraped out most of the stuff,but I don't know what to do next. Do I need to replace that piece of the wall or can I plaster it and paint it? Also, how can I keep it from happening again? Thank you thank you for your help.

Mark Hammond

02:49PM | 09/07/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
You did not mention what type of walls you have, plaster or drywall. With drywal you will need to cut out the bad piece as far back as the nearest studs so you will have bearing and a good nailing surface. Cut back until you reach a stud in either direction and then remove enough wall to get half way onto the edge of each stud.
Next cut a patch of drywall the same size as the hole and fill the opening. Nail the piece into place, use a piece of mesh drywall tape at all the seams (it should be self adhesive) without overlapping and finally use drywall compound to seal the joints. Use 2-3 coats sanding and feathering out between each coat and finally paint the surface to match the existing wall.
For plaster you will need to break out the the damaged section and use a plaster mix that comes in small bags with the mixing directions on the back, to patch the hole. Dampen the existing plaster around the edges of the hole before you start or you will have a problem with the new work falling out. You may need to do this in layers until the hole is filled or the plaster may crack. Again paint to match.
Now the most important thing is to get a surface that will stand up to the moisture. You must still have a good surface beneath such as I have just described but the final finish is the key to no more damage. There are panels that have water resistant faces that can be installed but for a really nice job use a ceramic tile and grout all the joints. Good luck and write again if this is confusing.........MJH
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