In the industry, 5 levels of drywall finish have been created to correctly classify the finishing process in order to give the process a more professional look at each level.
Before making the final decoration to a surface, the different levels of drywall finishes must be taken into account for its correct application.
It is important to mention that the final appearance can change according to the lighting that said surface receives, in this sense, natural lighting is not recommended for evaluation, but rather artificial light that does not generate any type of shadow.
Finishing levels of drywall: Level 0 finishing of drywall
This level is used in temporary constructions since it does not require drywall or finishing tape, the drywall is only fixed to the walls or ceiling, at this stage no type of finishing has yet been performed on the molten panel.
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Finishing levels of drywall: Level 1 finishing of drywall
This level of finishing is usually applied on surfaces that do not require final decoration or are exposed to the visibility of the general public since it said finish there will be tool marks and stretch marks.
There will be no excess of joint compound as it will be removed with the spatula, this is done in order for the surface to finish as smooth as possible.
The head of the screws that hold the drywall is covered as these protrude creating an unprofessional appearance.
At this level, only the drywall tape has been embedded in the joint compound and as we have already mentioned, the surfaces of the drywall are free of excess joint compound.
Finishing levels of drywall: Level 2 finishing of drywall
Level 2 finishing of drywall is also considered a standard level of finishes and is to match the height of the surface around the joints to create a smooth surface.
At this stage, a thin layer of joint compound has been brushed, the excess joint compound has been removed with the spatula and if necessary, the surface must be sanded.
It is applied after finishing level 1, which we talked about previously, and there should be no visible marks of the work tools or burrs, all joints must have tape embedded in the compound.
When lighting is applied from a single side and with a weak angle of incidence to the work, with this level of finish contrasts will appear on the surface, such contrasts can be reduced with level 3 of finishing of drywall.
Finishing levels of drywall: Level 3 finishing of drywall
This level of finishing of drywall consists in the application of a third hand of finishing for joints wider than that applied in level 2 of finishing, that is, it is a level of finishing of higher quality.
An additional layer of joint compound is applied to the tape and the screws that hold the drywall, then the joints are smoothed more intensively, therefore there will be no tool marks or grooves on the surface.
For the final smoothing, it may be necessary to sand the surfaces since burrs will not be accepted, so the appearance of contrasts in the face of exposure of flush light will be much smaller compared to the existing contrasts in level 2.
Finishing levels of drywall: Level 4 finishing of drywall
At level 3 of drywall finish, an additional layer of compound is applied to the tape that is embedded in the joints and angles of the drywall, at level 4 two layers of the compound are applied to additional joints.
For best results, in the end, a special plaster is applied to a thin-layer drywall with a thickness greater than 1 mm.
The screw heads that hold the drywall and accessories are covered with three layers at this level, after application, the surface should be smoothed.
It is a level of finishing of higher quality than all the previous ones, therefore it also does not present tool marks, burrs or construction defects on the surface.
At this level, the risk of marks and shadows in the face of exposure of flush light on the finished surface is dramatically reduced.