That might be a little dramatic sounding, but to anyone who has ever worked on drywall seams and texturing, it takes a lot of experience to make the area where sheets of drywall meet look completely inconspicuous, especially in the corners and where the walls meeting the ceiling.
Patience is the real key to a successful drywalling job. It requires a number of layers of joint compound as you continue feathering it out wider every layer to make smooth transitions between each piece of sheetrock.
First things first. Before you open the bucket of mud, there is some prep work that has to be done:
Finishing drywall joints involves three basic steps that can take as many as four days to properly complete. The first step is called the taping step. The second step is called the filler step, and the third step is the finishing coat. Each step involves applying a layer of joint compound that is wider than the one before.
Before starting the taping process, make sure corner bead is installed on all outside corners around the room. Inspect the walls and ceiling to make sure that all of the screw or nails are firmly embedded into the drywall sheets. You can do this by running a taping knife over the surface of the wall. If you hear a tap when going over a surface, it means that a screw or nail will need to be tapped further in.
Read the original post here: Finishing Drywall: Tape and Joint Compound
Once you’ve gone over all the joints, smoothed them out with sandpaper, if necessary, and provided a smooth surface, it’s time to rough it up with texture. This is what gives the walls a more appealing look as well as hiding any flaws in the sheetrock.
Texturing has its own learning curve with many techniques to acquire. The following video discusses options with drywall texture:
As you can see from the video, you can achieve a wide variety of looks with texture. Some Denver painters that also work on drywall like to create their own unique surface. It’s all about the tools you choose to use.
Here are some of the ways to apply texturing:
1. Machine application: Professional drywalls texture surfaces using a trailer-mounted texturing machine. Powdered texture material is poured into a hopper and mixed with water, then air pressure is used to push the thick liquid texture through hoses to a spray gun, and out through a nozzle.
2. Hopper gun: A hopper gun works on the same principle as the professional texture machine, but on a much smaller scale. Texture material is placed in a hopper, and an air compressor is used to blow air through a nozzle, which in turn sprays the thick liquid texture onto the surface.
3. Spray cans: For patches and other small areas, you can buy premixed texture material in spray cans.
4. Paint-on texture: If you like a light texture, you can simply paint it on, which lets you take care of your texture and your paint job at the same time.
5. Hand-applied texture: Here’s where you can let your creativity have full reign!
See more here: 5 drywall texture techniques to create the perfect vibe
This is a skill that it takes time to develop, so if you don’t want to learn how to do finishing work with drywall, you are best to give your local drywall contractor a call and get their advice. Many times home painters are also skilled at drywall finishing.