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4 Tips for Finishing Drywall

Many people are intimidated by drywall projects in their home. But if you are moderately handy, you should not have a problem tackling a drywall project yourself. One of the keys to a well-done drywall project is finishing the drywall properly before it is painted. If you're undertaking a drywall project in the near future, use the following tips:

Use Self-Adhesive Mesh Tape

When doing a drywall project, you can use either paper or mesh tape on the seams. It is often recommended to use mesh tape over paper tape, especially if you do not have a lot of experience working with drywall. Paper tape can be difficult to apply properly, and air bubbles can get trapped under the tape. Mesh tape that is self-adhesive tends to be easier to apply, and it will securely stick to the drywall.

Purchase a Metal Pan for Drywall Mud

While a plastic pan for holding drywall mud is less expensive, using one can cause a headache. Plastic pans are very hard to clean out properly, so chunks of dried drywall mud often get left behind. When you add fresh drywall mud to a plastic pan, the dried pieces of drywall mud get mixed in and they can cause lines and bumps when the mud is applied to the drywall. It is in your best interest to spend a little more money and buy a metal pan to use with your drywall mud when working on a project.

Mix the Drywall Mud

A lot of people purchase pre-mixed drywall mud that can be found in a bucket or box. While this type of drywall mud seems like it is ready to use as soon as it is opened, it is actually usually too thick and stiff to apply directly to the drywall. Make sure you thin out the drywall mud with a small amount of water and mix it well so there are no lumps. Be careful to not overmix the drywall mud, as this can add too much air to the mixture which can result in air bubbles when it is applied to the drywall.

Buy and Angled Sanding Sponge

After the tape has been applied and the drywall mud is dry, you need to sand down the area so it is completely smooth before you paint the drywall. The best way to do this is by using an angled sanding sponge. The shape of an angled sanding sponge ensures that you can sand evenly all the way into corners. 

For more information or assistance for this project, contact services like Rio  Grande Drywall Supply Co.