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Drywall 101

Drywall 101

My Denver Painter is dedicated to performing detail-oriented drywall work on your interior walls. Optimal results depend on an even and smooth base. If you choose to repair your building's drywall yourself, then there are several factors that will impact how good your finished drywall will eventually look.

Use Your Time Efficiently

Utilizing some of the drywall repair market's time-saving tools - such as primers and readymade putties - is an excellent way to complete a drywall repair project without wasting time. Both primer combos and patch kits are available to individuals who are interested in performing minor drywall repair work.

Choose the Appropriate Products

Selecting the appropriate supplies for a drywall repair project is crucial. Drywall mud and a 3" to 4" putty knife will be ideal if you are simply looking to take care of small dents or nicks. Larger holes, on the other hand, should be approached differently. It is important to use a mesh reinforcement layer on these more sizable holes before the mudding process begins in order to prevent the unwanted gouge from reappearing.

Avoid Being Sloppy

If you notice any bumps or frayed mesh edges, then address these issues quickly. Proper drywall work requires neat lines in order for the finished project to look smooth. Simply use a box cutter to clean up these bumps and frayed edges.

Be Careful Around Cords

Many walls contain essential cords. It is therefore unwise to cut into a wall recklessly. First, check for any cords using a flashlight to illuminate the hole. This will allow you to determine whether it is safe to continue. When enlarging a hole for further inspection, only cut inward an inch or less at a time, and only do so horizontally.

Avoid Using Excess Mud

Applying too much drywall mud is an incredibly common mistake. While performing a drywall repair, be sure to use a relatively thin layer of mud. This will produce less dust, and it will also reduce the amount of time that you will have to spend sanding.

Keep Safety in Mind

The sanding process will expose you to a substantial amount of fine dust. If this enters your lungs, there can be negative health effects. For this reason, wearing a dust mask is of extreme importance when working with drywall.

The final step is to inspect your work for smoothness and sand down any bumps. Alternatively, contact My Denver Painter for efficient and high-quality drywall patching and painting services.

By My Denver Painter 7-21-2020