How to Install Blueboard Walls

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  • 48-72 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 600-1,000
What You'll Need
Tape measure
Circular saw
Utility knife
Safety gear
Drill and screws
Marking pen
Veneer plaster
Blueboard tape
Lifter tool
Bucket of water
Mortar board

While drywall is designed to be covered with paper to take paint, blueboard has a more-absorbent paper specifically designed for bonding with veener plastic. While there are many reasons you might consider using blueboard instead of drywall, a common one is that it’s quicker to install. In addition, you won’t need to sand the blubeboard. To get started, check out the installation method below.

Step 1 – Measuring and Cutting

You can use blueboard vertically or horizontally, depending on your room's measurements. Whichever way you choose, remember that each piece of board is 4-feet wide.

Once you’ve measured the room, you can begin cutting the blueboard to the appropriate size. Use the appropriate safety gear and precautions when making cuts with a circuar saw. Then, get your drill and screws ready.

Step 2 – Installing the First Wall

If you are installing a ceiling as well as walls, install the ceiling first. Then, put the sheets up and attach them with screws to the studs in the framework. When you go to put the walls up, keep the beveled ends together for a better seal and less-visible seam.

Then, using the lifter tool, lift the wall up so that the seams are together and attach the piece to the wall. When installing the sheets of blueboard, make sure you put them as closely together as you can.

Step 3 – Taping the Joints

Next, you should tape the joints. Blueboard tape has a sticky back, so that you don't need to use any plaster or mud to make it stick to the walls. Simply roll the pieces of tape off the roll and onto the wall, and cut them with a utility knife.

As you go down the seam, push the tape into it to make a stronger seal. There shouldn’t be any bubbles like there might be with drywall tape.

Step 4 – Applying the Plaster

Finally, apply the veener plaster to the walls after mixing the plaster according to its directions.

Apply Plaster to the Tape

Put a little bit of plaster on the mortar board, and then apply a thin layer of plaster over the taping you did earlier. You don't have a lot of time to apply this veneer plaster, as it has a quick drying time. If the plaster driers out, you can mix some more water into it, so that it becomes smooth again.

Apply Plaster to the Walls

After you cover the tape with plaster, start at the top of the wall and apply a thin, even film of plaster going down the wall. When you get to the bottom of the wall, start again at the top. Repeat this process until you’ve finished all of the walls.