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Finishing Drywall: Taping and Mudding
Drywall finishing can sometimes be more art than science — give a good drywaller total freedom, and they’ll give you a room filled with clean lines and smooth corners without much guidance.
Any great residential painting job starts with drywall finishing. But, as people say, the devil is in the details. If you do not use spackle and sand properly, your new coat of paint is doomed before it ever touches the drywall.
1) PREPARE THE DRYWALL
It all starts with the drywall. The drywall must be tight against the walls studs or ceiling joists, and your seams must be snug. A tight seam is best, but a slight gap is acceptable. Significant gaps are harder to fill. All screws must also be countersunk.
2) YOU NEED THE RIGHT TOOLS
Mic the Mud: Your drywall mud must be the right consistency. Sometimes you need to add a little water (not too much!). You are looking for a feeling similar to creamy cake icing.
Don’t Forget the Tape: One cannot rely on spackle alone. It would help if you used drywall tape at any seam, including corners. You have two options – paper tape or self-adhesive mesh tape. The choice is yours. Both work well.
3) BE PATIENT WITH CORNERS
Corners can be tricky, and one big mistake homeowners make to try and second coat both sides of a corner at the same time. It can only lead to disaster.
4) NO ONE’S PERFECT
Don’t expect your spackle to lie perfectly. That’s why you will need to sand. As long as there are no craters or large globs of spackle, you will be fine. Get everything as smooth as you can, and then smooth the rest when you start sanding.
5) WHEN IN DOUBT, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTOR
When you want to improve your home and property look, you need to hire experienced craftsmen who provide excellent service and use quality materials. If you want a professional finish, you need to hire a professional. It’s that simple/
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