The idea of personally taping your own drywall seems a bit tough. The work is straightforward yet you can do it yourself. With the help of a little patience and persistence we could achieve good results. This job also requires your time since we could not rush the compounds to dry. It also is somewhat messy; just take few precautions and preparations to avoid the spread of it.
Materials Needed: Drywall / Joint tape
Wallboard Joint compound
Drywall knives with different sizes
There are two types of tape available in the market. We have the adhesive fiberglass tape which is used for patching holes in a drywall. The other is the plain paper tape which works best with joint compounds and is commonly used.
It is advisable to use drywall knives with different sizes, starting from 6 inches to 12. The next coating should always be wider than the first to perform better results.
Step1. Apply a thin coat of compound to the outside corners. Spread the compound from the trough towards the bead. Take note that the surface should be smooth and should have no dry spots.
Step2. Spread a thin coat of compound to the inside corner seams. Cut the tape as to the length of the corners then apply it to the surface. Make sure that the tape should stick the wall, just properly press it with the use of your knife.
Step3. Allow it to dry then apply a second coating on the surface with the wallboard knife. Take note that this coating should be wider that the first.
Step4. When the second coating has dried, smooth it lightly with sandpaper before applying the third and final coating. Use a larger knife to extend the depth of the coat.
Step5. For tapered seams, we need to apply a mesh tape across the seam and smooth it in a downward movement.
Step6. Apply the joint compound. We need to fill in any flaws with the compound then level the surface using the knife.
Step7. Allow the first coating to sit and dry for a day then lightly smoothen the area with sandpaper.
Step8. Spread the second coating. Its level should be wider than the first coating. Let it dry then smooth rough ends with sandpaper.
Step9. Apply the third and final coating using a wider knife about 12 inches. The last coating should always be the wider knife to smoothly par with the level of the surface.
Step10. After the coating dries up, we need to finish the job by smoothing the surface. Again we need the sandpaper to level them with the drywall surface.