Drywall Finish Levels

Hanging drywall is a relatively straightforward project, even for do-it-yourselfers. And because it is an interim step in the overall process of finishing a wall, any mistakes that do occur can still be covered up. But the final task of finishing drywall can easily frustrate even very skilled DIYers. Finishing is the very last stage, and this means that you have no more opportunities to fix flaws. This is it; you need to get it right.

Drywall finishing requires a good deal of craftsmanship, which is why the gypsum industry and drywall professionals have codified a set of professional standards that breaks the process of finishing drywall into five distinct levels. Serious DIYers should take note of finishing levels if they want their finish to look as professional as possible.

Level 0

Level 0 implies that no finishing of any type has been done. At this level, drywall is simply fastened to the walls or ceiling.

Level 1

This level means that drywall joint tape has been embedded in joint compound, but nothing further has been done.

Level 2

This next level means that you have skimmed a thin coat of joint compound over the tape and covered the drywall screw holes. You can stop at this level if you intend to cover the wall surface with tile.

Level 3

At this stage, finishers apply a coat of joint compound to the tape and screws. Walls that will receive a heavy texture, such as knockdown texture, can end at this level. It would be pointless to progress beyond this level, since texturing will produce a finish that is rougher than level 3.

Level 4

This is the classic drywall finish. Here, you apply another coat of joint compound to the tape and screws and sand the dried compound. This is the level that typically is used when a wall surface will be painted or covered with wallpaper.

Level 5

This highest possible level of drywall finishing involves applying a skim coat, if applicable.

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