Sanding is a necessary step when it comes to drywall. To get that smooth finish we're all looking for, edges and bumps in the compound are feathered and sanded out once they dry. Are you new to drywall or sanding? Here’s an overview of sanding tools available and their applications to help you get started!
After the compound has dried, you’ll want to sand away any rough edges. That can be done either by dry or wet sanding. First, let’s look at dry sanding:
This is the best way to get a smooth finish and is the most common. It’s called dry sanding because there is no water involved in the process. Simply use a sanding sponge, sandpaper a power sander and apply light, even pressure to smooth out any imperfections.
For tips on how to choose the right grit read our blog post Sanding: What Grit Do I Need?
Dust-free sanders can be attached to a hose and shop vac or a dust extractor to lessen the amount of drywall dust going into the air. Dust extractors can be a great investment but for smaller projects around the house a vacuum sander with a shop vac is ideal.
Another, more cost efficient way to get less drywall dust in the air is wet sanding:
This method gets its name from the inclusion of water in the sanding process. Although it has been criticized for producing finishes that aren’t as smooth as dry sanding, it is used to lessen the amount of drywall dust that is produced. For wet sanding you’ll need a bucket and a sanding sponge.
Always remember your personal protective equipment as drywall dust can be harmful if it’s inhaled or comes into contact with eyes. To protect yourself check out our safety glasses and our collection of dust masks and respirators. To protect the rest of the house from dust, consider putting up plastic barriers in the doorway to contain the dust to your workspace.
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