Drywall Taping Tools and Techniques Drywall Taping Tools and Techniques
Using the right drywall taping tools will help you drywall anything like a professional. You will need a variety of drywall knives to tackle corners or uneven seams in the drywall. You must also use the right technique to help you accomplish a smooth and even drywall finish. Remember that the sanding process is probably one of the most tedious and messy parts of the process. The more time you spend in the mudding process, the less time you will spend sanding and smoothening rough, uneven surfaces.
Step 1 – Check Drywall Screws
Use the 4-inch putty knife to check if the screws are level with surface of the drywall. Run the putty knife over the screw heads. You will need to tighten the screw if the head impedes the surface of the drywall.
Step 2 – Apply Mud to Joints
Get an ample amount of mud and place it on the mud pan. Wet the 4-inch drywall knife with water and stir the mud until the consistency becomes light and thin. Apply the mud to the joint at a width that is marginally wider than the width of the tape you are using. It is important to cover all parts of the wall that need to be taped.
Step 3 – Apply Tape and Scrape Mud
Fill a small bucket with water and cut the tape to the right size. Dip the tape on the bucket until wet and place the tape on the joint. Then, wet a 4 inch drywall knife by dipping in a bucket of water. Hold the top portion of the tape and firmly run the wet knife on top of the tape. Excess mud will shoot out from the sides of the tape. Run the knife again using a 45 degree angle to remove any bubbles or air pockets on the surface of the tape. Allow this to dry for 24 hours.
Step 4 – Apply Second Coat of Mud
Use a 6-inch drywall knife to apply the second coat of mud over the taped surface. The mud should be moderately thin. Grab the 10-inch drywall knife and dip it inside the bucket of water. Use the wet knife to press down on the taped surface, start from the top and work your way to the bottom. Let the mud dry for at least 4 to 8 hours.
Repeat the steps above and apply at least 3 more coats of mud. Be sure to allow sufficient drying time between each coat. Also, you should be certain to scrape off dry mud using the 10-inch knife before the application of a new coat.
Step 5 – Sand the Surface
Wear a dust mask before beginning the sanding process. Use 220-grit sanding paper and place it on a sanding block to lightly sand all the taped surfaces. Do not sand the paper surface of the drywall.