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Old 11-02-2008, 12:44 PM   #16
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Hey YM - Could you post some tips and tricks to help some of us (ME) out on how to finish drywall. I have some finishing to do and I'm not confident enough to do it right, but at the same time I want to do it myself.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:16 PM   #17
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Jaybird, I would love to post some tips for you.

These tips may not be the right way of doing it but it worked for me.

I used regular paper tape for my drywall. I also used all purpose drywall compound that I thinned down with water. Never use it from the container. It is way too thick.

I also wet my drywall knife when I passsed it through.
I did four coats on all the seams and the screw heads. For me, I found that wet sanding worked well. I got a glass smooth finish.

If you are using sanding paper make sure it is the ones that are used for drywall finishing.

I also did a lot of research and read a lot about it. The way you hold the knife also is very important.
There is a website for beginners on how to tape drywall.
www.drywallinfo.com It is very helpful and easy to understand.

Also youtube was another place where I looked.

Start practicing somewhere where it won't be that noticeable, like a closet, etc., I am certain that you will get the hang of it really fast.

Good luck.
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Old 11-23-2008, 03:42 PM   #18
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Hey, thank you very much for the tips
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:43 AM   #19
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very nice - looking good.
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It'll be easier if you do a primer and first coat of paint on the walls before installing your moldings. Also, do a first coat of paint on your moldings before installing them. You can be a lot faster and more sloppy that way.

After everything's installed, make sure to caulk it all in before your finished coats.

Also, on your corner molds, don't just get something cheap, find something decorative even if it means spending a few more bucks. If you get something cheap, it'll always look that way; if you get something decorative, it won't look like you're trying to hide something.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:32 AM   #21
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Thanks y'all.

Thanks for the tips Jeeper.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:18 PM   #22
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I hear you about hating to tape and spackel no one hates it more than me. That being said corner bead is probably the easiest to spackel of everything. I would just do it and then put the trim over that. I think you'll be happy you did in the long run.


Great looking job.
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