If you've recently had new drywall installed, you may want to do your own finish work rather than leave it to someone else. Making your own drywall finish means that you have a hand in creating the drywall, which can be very satisfying in and of itself. You're also able to make the drywall fit your own needs. The finish on drywall falls into a particular category, commonly called a level. The level of finish is dependent upon how much work has been done to it. There are 5 levels, which range from very basic to very complex.
Level five drywall finish is the most complicated of all the finishes. and it's not usually attempted by an amateur. It's best left to the care of a professional. However, if you feel that you have enough experience to complete this high level, then there are a few things that you should know about what makes up a level 5 finish, which can help you to complete the work to a high standard.
What Is a Level 5 Drywall Finish
In a level 5 drywall finish, you need to complete a range of tasks, from the very basic process known as 'taping', to the much more complicated use of fastener heads. This type of finish is often used where there will be a gloss or non-textured paint placed over the drywall, so it needs to be completely smooth, and without any tool marks or signs of the use of the compound. This level of finish is also completed by using a drywall primer, in order to keep the paint from penetrating into the wood.
Putting on the Level 5 Finish
You begin this project by applying a joint compound, which has tape embedded into the first part. You can use a specially prepared joint compound that has the tape attached, although this will leave marks and is not recommended for this level. Instead, you may be able to find a specialist thin-skin compound that has been designed to be used for this level of finish. Take our first layer of compound, and place it on the wall, being careful not to go over the edges. Attach fastener heads to the compound, and then cover with an additional layer of three separate coats.
Once all of this compound has been allowed to dry, you can then add a layer of primer over the top. This type of finish will be used on walls that face into the room, rather than in cupboards or under the stairs. You should make an effort to avoid pressing the joint compound with tools or smearing too much of the compound over the drywall boards, as this will affect the final finish of the drywall.