For many, finishing is the most tasking part of installing a drywall. However, it is doable if you are patient and take your time to master the art. Below are some hints that can help you achieve a smooth drywall finish.
A smooth finish starts with a properly hung drywall
First, you have to ensure that your drywall is installed properly. Avoid the small pieces and use the larger ones. It is also advisable to avoid hanging the drywall vertically. This is because it will be hard to climb up and down on the ladder to finish long seams. Before you start the finishing process, ensure that the butt joints and seems are tight enough.
Compound or mud
When applying the compound or mud, ensure that you mix it slowly and thoroughly. Use a small amount of water since excess water will dilute the strength and durability of the compound. Mix until the mixture is consistent. You can use a hand operated tool or a drill to achieve the desired consistency. The consistency should resemble that of a cake’s icing. When applying, allow the preceding layers to dry before applying the third and final layer. Also, ensure that you do not use too much or too little mud. If the compound is too little you will expose the paper after sanding.
Nails and nail heads
You need to hammer the heads of the nails until they are below the surface of the drywall. Care has to be taken to ensure nails go in without breaking the surface of the drywall. To check whether the nails or screws have sunk in, slide a drywall knife over them. A metallic click is an indication that you need to do more hammering. The nails you use should be long enough to hold things in place; otherwise you will not achieve a permanent fix, and things might start falling off sooner than later.
Before painting a good premier or sealer should be applied to the drywall. This will prevent textural problems and joint banding after painting. The sealer is applied just like any other paint. If you fail to use the sealer you will not get a perfect finish even if you got all the other steps right.
Use mesh tape instead of paper tape
Mesh tape is porous and thus allows mud to seep in. This gives your wall a much smoother finish compared to using paper tape. Paper tape also bubbles and maybe harder to apply.
Choosing the right tools is essential for a smooth finishing. Check the drywall supplies store for high-quality tools and equipment to use for this process. Tools you will need include 4 in 1 screwdriver, mud pan, utility knife, taping knife, dust mask, sanding pole, sand paper and a sanding block.
If you are not confident about your skills, ask for help from your drywall supplier. It’s better to spend some money on expert services than to end up with a horrible finish.