What happens if you take the original tape off garage walls?

Our garage came with tape on the walls and a mud like substance spread all around the walls. My question is, is it possible to take those off so that when I paint it doesn’t show under?

5 Answers

  • KLB
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    you will compromise the integrity of the sheetrock by causing it to be exposed.  The tape is there for a good reason - leave it alone

  • 2 months ago

    You paint over that.  it's covering the gaps in the dry wall

  • Stacie
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    What you are referring to is an unfinished drywall that is pretty standard in a lot of home's garages. 

    If you remove that tape and joint compound (mud) you will have gaps between every 4x8 panel. Then you will be worse off then you are now. The tape and mud is actually so you can eventually finish it. 

    What needs to be done, is first check if the mud has been sanded. Run your hand over it, is is smooth to the touch? Look from the side with your face on the wall, is it leveled out and finished down? If not it may not have been sanded yet. 

    You will need to sand, and then touch up if need be dependent on what type of job the drywall guys did, then you will need to paint with a new drywall primer and then you will be able to paint. 

    If your lucky, its all sanded and even, just pick up a drywall primer, put on a full coat and go pick out your finish paint. 

    If your not lucky, they quickly threw the mud up on the joints, and its not fanned out or ground down, and like i said, you need to sand, re apply as needed and fan it out, then resand and go from there.

    But most definitely DO NOT remove the joint tape. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Removing the tape and mud will reveal the gaps between the panels, and  the open holes above the Sheetrock Nails.

    Paint over the wall as it is now.


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  • Mmm J
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If by tape, you mean joint tape that is covering the joints between drywall (and covers nail-head divots) and "mudlike substance" you mean joint compound that is holding the tape to the drywall, I would not recommend removing it. Rather, use more to get the tape to sit properly - it sounds like the garage walls are unfinished.

    Normally, after the joints are taped and the joint compound dries, the surface should be sanded properly... makes for a nice, smooth surface and preps it for painting... and the taped/mudded areas can't be seen.

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