When it comes to working with drywall, the corner between two parts is one of the more tricky tasks to deal with. One of the main drywall corner techniques used is corner taping, used for its professional and smooth finish. In this article, we will look at the ways in which this taping can be effectively applied to ensure the most professional appearing finish to your drywall.
Before you begin to tape up the joints, it is obviously essential that the drywall is in place, and any prior mudding has dried. It is also wise to make sure it is free from any loose parts or dirt which might result in problems.
Drag a knife across the face of the surface. If you hit metal, you may need to drive a nail in which is protruding, and could lead to subsequent problems when smoothing. Once you are sure that the drywall is flat and free of dirt, it is time to begin the taping process, using these drywall corner techniques.
Firstly you need to fill any existing joints with joint compound. Take the compound on a relatively small knife or stiff paint brush and work it in to the joint. This will ensure a tight seal between the joints, although does not necessarily require absolute precision, as there will be tape to create the smooth finish.
Next take a strip of the tape and press this into the jointing compound. This can be done by lightly pressing through the paper into the joint with a knife or pencil. After this has been done, it should be left overnight to dry. This process should also help remove any excess compound, although it should be noted that care should be taken not to remove too much compound otherwise this will cause adhesion problems.
You should then apply a second and third coat with drying intervals in between, taking care to sand any roughage at the end of each. After your third coat, you should apply some taping which has been folded along its vertical axis to fit within the corner.
After this, apply a final coat over each edge of the tape to act as a final sealant, before continuing to sand down to smoothness. Although these drywall corner techniques may seem laborious at first, they are essential to ensuring a perfectly fitting joint. Again emphasis is places on sanding to achieve that smooth and professional desired finish.
These drywall corner techniques are relatively tricky to get a grip of, as is the whole dry walling procedure. If you are stuck, you can always call in professional help, as it does take a high degree of skill to complete the job competently. Take care at every step to remove excess compound with a damp towel or sponge, and make sure that you sand thoroughly after every application. Additionally, take care to insert the tape smoothly, as this will also aid your overall smoothness.