5 Steps for Drywall Finishing

Posted on: 3 February 2016

Drywall finishing can seem overwhelming, but it is less time consuming and more economical than plastering the walls using traditional alternatives. Flat panels make the process less work, and fewer seams if you lay out the panels before you begin the work. These are the main steps involved beginning with the taping step, a filler step, and a finishing coat. Here are the steps for completing the project.

1. The Taping Coat

The joints of the drywall need to have tape placed over the joints in the ceiling and wall. This is the first step, and it uses a fast-setting compound. The compound can set quickly, so you will have to work fast with the reduced amount of time to finish this phase.

Use careful judgment on how much of the mix you combine with water as you begin the project. Too much stirring in a premixed compound will cause craters and bubbles on the surface of the wall.

Apply the compound mixture along the seam with a generous amount by spreading more than is necessary to fill the seam, and it doesn't have to be perfect at this time. You are just trying to be sure the tape is flat on the drywall seam. Using your hand, place joint tape over the joint's center point. Use your knife and add more compound, passing it over the tape. Be sure it is smooth on the joint.

2. The First Compound Coat

Place a layer of compound thinly on the seam, and press the tape into the compound. Use the drywall knife to apply compound over the tape, smoothing the compound. Let it dry and sand it with a pole sander to remove the largest imperfections, but not to the finished surface.

3. The Second Filler Coat

Use a wider knife to cover the first coat and use more compound in this step. You shouldn't be able to see the tape if this is done correctly. Cover all screw and nail holes, as well as any tool marks or ridges.

4. Apply a Second Coat

Each seam will need another coat of joint compound. Be sure no bubbles are in the compound mixture by using the knife.

5. The Finishing Coat

Let the second coat dry completely and sand out any humps. Use the premixed bucket of the compound. If it is too thick, you can add some water. You can use a paint roller method at this point. You may need to use a trowel to finish the seam. Use a light after the wall is sanded to be sure it is smooth.

These are the basic steps to create a nice drywall finish to your room. Take pride in the work you have accomplished. The main objective is to be sure you have a smooth and textured finish before it is painted. For more information, contact services such as Drywall installation by Quality Interior Kontracting.