Category - Commercial Painting

Before you Paint – Drywall Preparation

Whether you’ve hired a drywall contractor or you are executing the job yourself, there are certain aspects of the finishing that should be inspected before painting.

Use “touch” to find uneven drywall application. Run the palm of your hand ¬†over areas to make certain the entire wall feels even.

Change lighting and search again for flaws. Your room will be used with artificial and natural lighting. Some errors will not appear unless there is bright artificial lighting.

When inspecting your drywall finishing work, there are several things to look for.

Perform another inspection after applying the primer coat of paint. Carry this out again using both artificial and natural lighting.drywall inspection

A small area will usually only need one coat of compound … larger areas two or more. Again sand until the wall feels and looks completely smooth.

Sometimes though, it will mean that the tape coat does not have enough mud (joint compound) under it and there is an air bubble. Apply another coat of mud after the area is dry and sand it again.

It can be one of two things if you find a swollen area in the finished mud. Hopefully, it’s only that the area will need to be sanded down.

Do a walk through eyeballing the job carefully. You will find obvious mistakes with this and can either correct them immediately or mark them with a pencil to come back later and do a patch up application.

A swollen area in raw sheetrock (area of sheetrock that has not been coated with mud) will mean that there is an actual flaw in the wallboard. This can also be repaired by cutting the top paper of the sheetrock around the flaw, peeling it off and filling it with mud using a smooth even coat.

If the gap is too large, a small length of tape should be applied and finished to cover the gap. Make sure all screw or nail heads are covered and smooth unless you’re sure they will be covered by trim.

To find and correct errors in the work, it’s best to examine it with a “fine tooth comb”. This may be accomplished in several ways and it’s really best to use every one of them during your inspection.

After spray texture has been applied, look out for spots where it may be too lightly sprayed. NOTE: If you’re spraying yourself, be careful not to apply too heavy a coat. It’s a lot easier to lightly re-spray an area than to repair a coat that is too heavy.

It’s to your benefit to perform quality assurance checks often during the building process. With this article you will learn several ways to inspect your drywall project.

Make sure it has been scraped and sanded smooth in areas where there may be over-spray such as the top area of the if there is spray texture used when the ceiling has been sprayed, walls.

Obvious scratches. These should be coated with joint compound again and re-sanded.

Check around all beaded areas to ensure that they are smooth and without scratches, dents etc

Sometimes though, it will mean that the tape coat does not have enough mud (joint compound) under it and there is an air bubble. Apply another coat of mud after the area is dry and sand it again.

These are some of the most common problem areas when finishing drywall and you will be much more satisfied with your product if you perform your very own quality assurance testing before the final painting or papering of your walls.

If the gap is too large, a small length of tape should be applied and finished to cover the gap. NOTE: If you’re spraying yourself, be careful not to apply too heavy a coat. It’s much easier to lightly re-spray an area than to repair a coat that is too heavy.

You want to ensure that all stages of construction are done properly for best results if you’re remodeling or building your home. Proper drywall preparation will make your paint job look professional and add value to your home or commercial property.

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