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Tips on Sanding drywall effectively

Tips on Sanding drywall effectively

Sanding of drywall is a highly frustrating and messy job that also takes up a lot of time. Nevertheless, it is a vital step in drywall installation, and when done properly it will give a satisfying and great appearance to the walls. Here are some significant tips on how to sand drywall effectively.

Tool selection

Tips on Sanding drywall effectivelyHand sander is the main tool used. Precut sandpaper is attached to the sander. For a smooth finish, finer grit sandpaper is used. While a drywall screen avoids dust from getting collected in the sandpaper, it can make it hard to get a better finish.

Pole sander

This is used in large areas and on high walls. Both short sideways and long lengthwise strokes can be used. The head of the sander should be inclined at a slight angle. The head should not be perpendicular to the pole, as it can ruin the surface by flipping over.

Rotary sander

A rotary type of drywall sander is available in most California rental stores. This makes the entire job easier and quick. It sands the surface thoroughly and sucks dust simultaneously. However, the only downside with this tool is it cannot be used in the tight corners or intricate areas.

Vacuum attached sander

You can also attach hand sander to a vacuum, so the dust is collected efficiently. A special screen is needed here. Some pole sanders are also designed in a similar manner and are equally effective.

Tending the corners

The rotary and pole sanders do not sand the corners properly, and can gouge the opposing wall frequently. A sponge sander is the right tool for such areas. Folded drywall sandpaper also works well in the tight corners.

Precise techniques give better results

Before you start with sandpaper, ensure that the mud is fully dry. The sandpaper should be applied in light to moderate strokes and the sander should be moved, while you sand. Moving in a straight line can end in a depression to form, when you start painting.

Instead of attempting to even the big ridges and gouges with the sandpaper, another joint compound layer added over the region will help. This is much easier and prevents excessive use of sandpaper especially in the joint edges, which can spoil the appearance of the drywall. Most often amateurs try to sand the recessed joints excessively, which is not necessary.

Checking the sanded region

Once you have finished using the sander and sponge, you need to check the joints, walls and corners for proper finish. Flash light use is needed to see the areas at different angulations. Any blemish repair needed can be identified in this way. For the minor imperfections detected, a sponge sander can be used for corrections. For scratches or deep gouges, a recoat with joint compound and another sandpaper treatment is necessary.

Dust management is an important step to consider in using sand paper on drywall. Mask, eye protection and dust catching tools should be used always. Drywall repair Castaic provides a neat and effective drywall finishing that prepares the walls for primer application and paint precisely.

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