Sunday, February 15, 2015

How to Repair Kitchen Wall when the Old Backsplash was Removed

Fig.1 The tools
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools: 
Electric cords (Fig.1 shows a 50 foot cord)
Paint roller frame and small cover
Primer white (Kilz)
Porter Cable disc sander electric
Hook loop discs 60-grit (contractors pack)
Newspaper or better Kraft Paper 1-inch 
Scissors (paper and tape)
Texture orange-peel

A neighbor near us hired a local handyman to removed the 30 year old tile backsplash. The adhesive behind the aging tiles was very hard to remove. The handyman said he would return to finish the job the next day. Since they paid him up front for the job, he decided that the job was too hard to finish. He never returned.

This post shows the eight steps to repair the wall damage from a removed tile backsplash.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows some of the tools used to do this project.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows everything was removed from the counter top. Placing the newspaper or Kraft paper on the counter top will protect the top from getting scratched. Fig.3 shows a inexpensive chisel used to remove the brown adhesive from the kitchen wall. Fig.4 shows the electrical cord is out so the sander can reach all the areas of the kitchen. Here we are using a Porter-Cable 5" Random Orbit Sander. You will also need extra disks hook loop discs 60 grit is what was chosen for this job. Purchase a contractor's pack and get the best deal.

Fig.2 Orange Chisel
Fig.3 Paper on counter
Fig.4 Porter Cable Sanding disks
Step 3: Fig.5 shows that the adhesive was cut from the wall board and only the cardboard is left. Presently the cardboard is rough and now that the adhesive is completely removed. It's time to sand the wall down flat. 

Fig.5 Damaged sheetrock
Step 4: Fig.6 shows the end wall was sanded and the cardboard is flat and not protruding out as in Fig.5 when the cardboard was sticking out of the wall. Fig.7 shows another angle of the wall by the electrical plate the wall is sanded smooth.
Fig.6 Side view sanded wall
Fig.7 Front view sanded wall
Step 5: The next step is to apply joint compound over the sanded areas. After the wall is dry then the next step is to sand the wall using wall screens as perfect has possible. This is a very dusty job.

Step 6: Prior the texturing the wall, several coats of joint compound was applied and sanded flat. Fig.8 through fig.10 shows the application of orange peel texture once the wall was repaired and now is flat. Applying texture hide the wall imperfections.
Fig.8 Texture #1
Fig.9 Texture #2
Fig.10 Texture #3
Step 7: Fig.11 shows that the counter top has had a plastic tarp to protect the counter top from paint drops. A small roller frame and roller cover was used because it was more practical than using a standard 9 inch roller and cover. The long handle helps reach difficult parts of the wall, underneath wooden cabinets.
Fig.11 Primer roller
Step 8: Fig.12 shows the first coat of primer is being applied to the wall. Fig.13 shows the finale coat of white primer being applied to the wall before the owner has it painted.

Fig.12 Applying primer
Fig.13 Job finished

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