If you’re thinking of doing some drywall work around the house, you may have heard talk about types and levels of drywall finish. Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional, knowing the difference may help you decide what option is best for your vision. Let’s explore:
WHAT ARE 'TYPES' OF FINISH?
Types of finish refers to the kind of texture added to drywall. It can add interest and act as a mask for imperfections.
Here are some types of finish:
- Hides imperfections and has noise dampening qualities
- Spray on the Homax Spray Texture for small repairs and match the existing commonly used popcorn texture.
- Easy to clean and hides imperfections
- Spray on using the Homax Spray Texture
- Hides imperfections
- Spray on using the Homax Spray Texture, then knock down (scrape) using a drywall knife for the finished look
Brush Finish (stipple, slap brush, crows feet, etc)
- Adds interest
- Hides Imperfections
- Use the Circle Brand Double Texture Brush for the crows feet finish
- Use the Circle Brand Single Texture Brush for the slap brush finish
- Use the Circle Brand Standard Round Texture Brush for the stipple finish
- Adds interest
- Use the Level 5 Ultra Flex Flat Blade Stainless Steel Finishing Trowel for this finish
Some other textures include: mud swirl, skip trowel, smooth, comb, spray sand.
Not every drywall surface needs a level 5 finish. You might want want to stop at a lower level of finish if the drywall in question is going to be hidden from view (by location, by appliances, by wainscotting, etc.) or if you want to texturize the drywall. Which leads to our next question:
WHAT ARE 'LEVELS' OF FINISH?
Levels of finish can be thought of as steps in the drywall finishing process. There are 6 levels of finish:
- Drywall is fastened to framing
- Drywall tape has been embedded
- 1st coat of joint compound is applied
- Fasteners are covered
- Stop here if you’re applying tiles or if the drywall is in a space appearance isn’t a priority like an attic or garage.
- 2nd coat of joint compound is applied
- No ridges or markings
- Stop here if you’re applying a heavy or medium textured finish
- 3rd coat of joint compound is applied
- Stop here if you’re applying flat finish paints, light textured finish, or wallpaper.
- Skim coat is applied to the entire surface area, not just on and around taped areas.
- Best option for glossy and semi gloss paints
Now that you know what levels and types of finishes are, the hard part is: which type of finish will you choose?
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