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Covering up cracked paint from drywall joint exposed after prior re-framing

Covering up cracked paint from drywall joint exposed after prior re-framing

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Old 10-19-16, 09:24 AM
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Covering up cracked paint from drywall joint exposed after prior re-framing

I had logged in, and spent so much time writing this and being distracted that I was auto-logged out and lost it all. Sigh...

I am in the process of replacing trim and repainting a bedroom that a devil-child lived in and abused (prior owner). At some point in the past this room was reconfigured and re-framed, leaving a drywall joint in the ceiling to be poorly covered up by paint, which is now cracked and cardboard-like to the touch (no water damage that I can tell).

What is the best way to cover up this joint prior to priming/repainting without major effort? I have sanding equipment, spackle, and fiberglass tape, but I feel the fiberglass would be pretty obvious even once painted. I don't want to get nice paint up there only to have it crack again in a few months.

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Old 10-19-16, 09:28 AM
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Is the joint not supported? I'm concerned about this remark:
which is now ... cardboard-like to the touch
Assuming no problem there, I would use the mesh tape on the joint followed by a coat of setting compound then additional coats of joint compound to feather out the seam.
 
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Old 10-19-16, 09:52 AM
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It looks like the drywall screws are several inches from the edge of each sheet at this particular location. Perhaps the framing of the wall that was originally in-place provided support at the actual joint.

I've never used anything but spackle. Noted, though.
 
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Old 10-19-16, 11:29 AM
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Spackle or spackling is just for minor repairs. Joint compound is needed for larger repairs. A lot of us like the setting compounds because they dry faster and we can get done quicker.

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