The Best Tips for Finishing Drywall

Drywall dominates the space of your home and finishing and painting it is one of the best ways to transform the look and feel of any room. While this isn’t really a very difficult task, many people hesitate to do it because of the effort involved in finishing all walls, including the ceiling. At Gordmay Ottawa drywall repairs, we’ve put together this brief guide that would help you with your DIY drywall finishing projects.

Gather What You’ll Need

It’s a good idea to have all the tools and materials you need for the project on hand. This will reduce the amount of time you spend on the project and lower your stress level. Here’s a list:

• 4-in-1 screwdriver
• Utility knife
• Drywall sander
• Taping knife
• Mud pan
• Sanding block
• Dust mask
• Drywall tape
• Lightweight joint compound
• 120 grit sanding sponge
• Setting-type joint compound
• 120 grit drywall sandpaper
• Stain-blocking primer

The Finishing Process

Once you’ve collected all the materials you need for this project, you can start working on it. Here are the steps you need to follow:

• Check that all the screws and nails are driven in completely. If you don’t do this, there might be unsightly bumps on the wall. You need to tap the nails slightly below the wall, remove any loose pieces, and spray the area with stain-blocking primer.

• After you’ve done this, nail the metal corner bead to the corners Make sure that the nails are embedded completely and you can run your taping knife over the surface without hitting bumps.

• You should then fill in the gaps in the drywall with a setting compound. This compound tends to dry faster than normal compound. After the compound is set, you can start taping over it. You should also shave off any excess before the compound has time to harden.

• After this, you need to apply the first layer of drywall mud and tape. For this, you should use a lightweight joint compound. You’ll need to apply two layers, but leave some time in between.

You should finish up by sanding the surface for an even finish. After this, you’ll need to prime the wall and start painting.

At Gordmay Ottawa drywall repairs, we always recommend that you call in a professional for your Ottawa drywall installation and finishing work. While working on a DIY project can be satisfactory, the results might not be. You can contact us if you want help. Our number is 613 715 4841. You can also fill in this contact us form.