After the drywall has been fitted, you will need to apply what is known as a drywall finish. This is often a smoothing out of joints and hiding of fasteners in the wall, although the amount of effort put into the end result can differ between contractors. Drywall finish is defined into 5 different levels, each of which has a different standard and a different method of operation. If you want to install a level 2 drywall finish, then you should consider what you need to do to meet that level, and how much work it will take.
Level 2 Drywall Finish
The drywall finish known as level two is slightly more advanced than the basic level 1, but it is still very easy, and you should be able to manage this range of finish, even if you are a complete amateur. In order to get the best from this standard of finish, you will need to ensure that you only proceed to this level in areas that demand it, such as under the stairs, in the garage, or in the workshop, where appearance is not everything, but you still need to go a bit better than level 1.
What Is a Level 2 Drywall Finish
In a level 2 drywall finish, you are covering over the joints and angles, but not concealing them in the same way that you would a level five. finish. You can not only cover over the joints, as in level 1, but should also put the joint compound over anything sticking out from the wall, such as the fastener heads. While you want to conceal all of the larger parts of the drywall, you do not have to pay so much attention to detail as you would if you were intending to use a drywall finish in your living room, for example. Marks from tools and a certain amount of unevenness are allowed in this level.
Applying a Level 2 Finish
You should begin this project, as you would with the level 1, by adding a layer of joint compound over corners, joins between boards, and any other area where there may be gaps between the drywall boards, or where the wall has changed direction. Over this layer of joint compound, you should press in some drywall finish tape. You should be able to find some joint compound with the tape already applied, and this is a better way of doing it since you don't need to execute a perfect finish. You can also add another layer of joint compound over the tape, which will then satisfy the demands of this particular level, but should additionally apply the joint compound to fastener heads and other portions of the wall which stick out. You can leave in any tool marks, and any uneven layers of compound, as these will be covered by paint and need not be of primary importance.