Drywall is a very popular building material for interior wall finishes. It’s durable, cost-effective and easy to install and repair, so it’s no wonder it’s a popular choice for DIYers and contractors.
However, sanding can be slow and tedious work, unlike the laborious task of moving and installing drywall panels, which is much faster. It’s often described as one of the worst jobs in home improvement!
Why? Well, it usually takes you much longer to clean up the drywall than it does to actually sandpaper the drywall!
If you don’t plan properly, you will need to vacuum several times as the dust will get into the smallest cracks, although vacuuming drywall dust will void even the warranty on many vacuums. Even then, the dust is so fine that it will get into everything and be difficult to remove or even vacuum.
To avoid all this drama, make sure you invest in the proper sander equipment before you start and protect yourself and your belongings from the dust. Remember, you will be preparing your walls for painting or wallpapering, so you will need to make sure you achieve a smooth finish.
A good primer or sealer may help hide any imperfections in the wall, but sanding is the last chance to get everything right beforehand. Sanding can only be done well if you pay attention to all the other processes, such as taping and mudding.
If the sanding is not done well, it will show up when the paint dries. Among the most important technical know-how is proper sanding technique.
Sanding drywall is the final step in the drywall process. So, after you have hung and taped the plasterboard, follow these steps to sand it smooth.
Preparing Your Drywall for Sanding
If you’re using basic sanding tools and products, the only way to prevent dust damage and inhillation is to:
- Seal off the room with plastic in the doorway so that dust does not escape into the rest of your house.
- Properly ventilate the room, but do not open all windows, as this will cause the dust to circulate.
- Lay a drop cloth on the floor to catch the dust.
- Covering any furniture in the room with plastic.
- Wearing goggles and a dust mask to protect yourself from dust inhalation.
- You might also want to wear a hat to keep dust out of your hair.
- A Dust Mask offers some protection against large particle inhalation.
Post time: Jan-19-2022