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Drywall Dos and Donts

Drywall Dos and Donts

When My Arlington Painter performs a job on your interior walls, we always give attention to the drywall. It is important to have a smooth and consistent base to end up with the best-looking results. If you are wondering how you can repair your drywall the right way all by yourself, we would love to tell you how.

Do not Waste Your Time

Readymade putties and primers are made to make your life easier. So, let them. Patch kits come in varying sizes for non-major repair work and compound and primer combos will leave your walls ready to paint in one simple step.

Do Use the Right Products

Make sure that your work will look great and stand the test of time by using the right tools and supplies. For smaller nicks and dents, fill them with drywall mud using a 3- or 4-inch putty knife. Using a knife that is specific to drywall work will allow you to get the cleanest finish with minimal effort instead of working harder by using a narrow utility knife. Larger holes will require a mesh layer before mudding. If you skip the mesh reinforcement, as your house settles, the gouge will reappear.

Do not Be Messy

If you think that you can just cover over frayed edges and bumps and none would be the wiser, you would be wrong. When it comes to drywall work, neat lines and smooth surfaces make all the difference in your finished work. So, do not skip cleaning up any frayed edges of mesh or drywall with a box cutter before moving on.

Do Look Out for Cords

There are a lot of essential cords that run behind your walls, so do not just start cutting into them without verifying that you are in the clear. If you can, shine a flashlight into the hole to see for cords. If you need to cut a larger opening to inspect, be sure to cut horizontally and avoid cutting more than an inch inward.

Do not Use Too Much Mud

Less is more, especially when it comes to drywall mud. Applying a thin layer will cut down your sanding time, not to mention the dust in your work area. A thinner layer will also help you to be mindful and not sand away too much, exposing the patch.

Do Protect Yourself​

You will be exposed to a lot of fine dust when you are sanding. This dust can potentially get into your lungs and cause problems. It is always wise to wear a dust mask when working on drywall projects.

And now all that is left is for you to inspect your work. Run your hands along the area to test for smoothness and place your temple against the wall to check for any bumps that need more sanding.

Patching drywall can sound easy, but it does take some skill to get it right. If you want your walls patched and painted the right way the first time, then give My Arlington Painter a call today!

By My Arlington Painter 6-4-2020