Drywall finishing is the drywall installation and final coat of drywall material, such as drywall mud or drywall tape and drywall compound.
Drywall finishing is most commonly used in bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways, kitchen areas, living rooms, and other rooms in your home where the drywall is not exposed to water. The drywall will be smooth with no bumps or rough textures that can snag on clothing or catch dust or dirt particles.This is also done after you paint a drywall after installation.
This service is performed by drywall finishers who are trained in drywalling techniques. They come to your home to complete wall repairs using joint tape (drywall compound) which gives the area a smooth appearance.
Following the application of joint compound (mud), they use sandpaper called drywall sanding screen or drywall sanding mesh to smooth the dried mud. A paintable drywall primer then is applied, followed by drywall paint to give your drywalls a clean and fresh look.
Mudding drywall is an integral part of finishing dry walls, giving you a smooth surface for successive coats of drywall compound or drywall tape. After applying the mud with taping knives, it should be smoothed out using drywall sanding mesh to ensure you have adequate coverage with no bumps, puddles, or lumps in the paint.
Drywall Finishing Process
Drywall finishing starts with drywall tape and drywall compound. The drywall tape is applied to the drywall seams and drywall mud is used to cover the drywall tape. Drywall sanding mesh or drywall sanding screen follows this process, which helps smooth out any unsmooth parts on your drywalls' surface.
Then, paintable primer is applied to the drywalls' new smooth surface for paint adhesion before painting can be done over it.
Why is a drywall finish important?
Drywall finishing gives drywalls a smooth surface for successive coats of drywall compound or drywall tape.
How to keep drywall finishers from damaging the drywall finish?
One common mistake made by drywalls finishers is using sandpaper instead of drywall sanding mesh. Drywall sanding mesh is made with fine fibers and produces finer results than drywall sand paper, which can be used on painted surfaces without causing damage.
If you hire professional drywall finishers, make sure they understand your requirements and do not use drywall sandpaper but drywall sanding mesh before the final paint coat goes over it.
What should be expected from a drywall finish?
On average, you need drywall finishers for drywalls that are at least 2 to 3 bedrooms in size.
For drywalls covering a larger area, drywall finishers will need at least 5 days (not including preparation and cleanup time).
Depending on the type of drywall finish you require, drywall finishing prices usually range from $600 to $1200.