Working with drywall can be quite a daunting task when working alone, especially when you are mudding, taping, and sanding uneven surfaces and corners. If not done properly, you will end up with an uneven, ugly looking wall after you paint it, which means you must get the mudding right the first time.
Learn how to mud drywall into a smooth and seamless work of art with this easy to follow step-by-step guide!
Before you start... Mudding drywall can be messy as the mud inevitably splatters on unwanted surfaces, like the floor, uncovered upholstery and your work wear. Take simple precautions by doing the following:
Once you are ready to begin with the project, you can follow these easy 6 steps:
Step 1: Set up your materials
If you are using powdered drywall mud, prepare it by mixing the mud with water. Follow the instructions on the container/ packaging.
Place the mixed mud container within arm's reach of the area you will be working on. Do this as well for a bucket of water which you will use to clean your knives as you go.
Make sure all your knives (6-inch taping knife, 10-inch taping knife, corner taping tool) and tape are ready and within reach as well.
Step 2: Mud the screw/ nail heads
Using your 6-inch taping knife, scoop up a dab of mud and apply it over visible screw or nail heads, as well as other small indentations on the drywall surface. Then, smooth out the applied mud with the edge of the knife.
Step 3: Mud the seams
Still using the 6-inch taping knife, apply an adequate amount of mud on the seams or spaces where two drywall panels meet. Make sure that these spaces are filled evenly. Smooth out the mud using the edge of your knife.
Step 4: Tape the seams
Cut out a piece of the paper tape with the same length as the seam between two drywall panels. Place it over the seam while the mud is still wet. Press the tape into the mud using the 6-inch taping knife, carefully making sure to smooth out the surface until there are no creases, bubbles, and pockets of air. Once this is done, use the edge of the knife to remove any excess mud on the sides of the tape.
Step 5: Mud and tape the corners
To mud the corners, follow the same steps for mudding the seams, but instead use a corner taping tool. Then, cut and crease a piece of paper tape with the appropriate measurements for the corner seams. Simultaneously place and smooth it over the mud, now using the 6-inch taping knife. With the knife's edge, carefully work the paper tape into the corner. Finally, remove any excess mud with the knife.
Step 6: Apply the second and third coat
After the mud dries completely, add a thin second coat of mud on the screw or nail heads, and on other small indentations. Let dry.
Then, using a 10-inch taping knife, apply a thin final coat on all the previously worked on seams and indentations. Feather out this coat especially along the edges, for a smooth and seamless surface.
Once the mudded areas are completely dry, sand them thoroughly until smooth and flat. Afterwards, the drywall is ready for painting!
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