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How to Finish Drywall

After drywall has been cut and hung, the next step is to add the finishing touches. Use these step-by-step instructions to learn how to finish drywall.

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    $100 - $250

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Step 1: Tape the Joints, and Apply Putty

Tape the joints of the drywall (Image 1). Use paper tape, fiberglass adhesive tape or paper adhesive tape.

To fill in the seams, apply the first coat of putty with a drywall blade, working it into the joint. Use the blade to smooth the putty and eliminate any lumps (Image 2).

Step 2: Sand the Surface

After the putty is dry, sand the surface with heavy-grit sandpaper or a sanding disc.

Wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove debris.

Reapply putty and sand twice, applying a total of three coats of putty.

sand surface with heavy grit sandpaper or sander