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The installation of drywall has taken a lot of strength today given its ease, speed, and very clean installation, however, prior to the final decoration to be performed, different levels of finishing are applied on the drywall, these levels range from level 0 to level 5 finish.
With the application of the finishing levels, the joints, elements that hold the panels (as in the case of the fastening screws) and all other accessories are intended to be hidden by these layers of joint compound.
At the end of the application of the finish on the surface and according to the level of finish that is applied, the said surface may have (or not) marks of the work tools, burrs or stretch marks, in some levels they are accepted while in the more levels high no.
Likewise, also depending on the level of quality of the finish that is applied, the surface contrast is reduced when exposed to flush light since at no level of finish is it possible to achieve a completely flat surface.
Finishing levels of drywall: Level 0 finishing of drywall
At this level, the finishing of the drywall does not receive great treatment, it is used most frequently in temporary constructions or in those residential or commercial remodeling projects in which the desired final finish has not been established.
Finishing levels of drywall: Level 1 finishing of drywall
At this level of finishing, tape and joint compound should be applied at all internal angles between the drywall, the excess of this compound, the marks of the work tools, burrs and stretch marks are acceptable at this level of finish.
For all the above, this level of finishing is recommended for areas where there is no public access since the final appearance will not be the best.
Finishing levels of drywall: Level 2 finishing of drywall
In this level of finish also applied compound for joints in the tape, but unlike the previous level, all the fastening screws will be covered by the compound and the excess of this compound is cleaned with a spatula, the marks of Work tools, stretch marks, and burrs.
It is advisable to apply this level of finish in areas that do not subsequently receive a final decoration of paint.
Finishing levels of drywall: Level 3 finishing of drywall
As in the previous levels, tape and joint compounds are applied at the interior angles of the drywall, the excess of the compound is cleaned leaving a thin layer of the compound on all joints and interior angles.
An additional layer of the compound is then applied over these interior angles and all fasteners are covered with the joint compound since in this level the marks of tools, splines or burrs are not accepted.
This level of finish is not recommended on smooth walls or continuous texture.
Finishing levels of drywall: Level 4 finishing of drywall
The joint compound is applied to all interior angles and the tape is placed in the joints, the excess compound is cleaned and a thin layer is left using a spatula, then an additional layer is applied over each interior angle while that the fasteners are covered with three layers of compound, in this way the marks of tools and stretch marks are completely eliminated.
This level of finish is recommended on surfaces that will be covered with decorative paper or any other coating.
Level 5 drywall finish: Top-level drywall finish
Among the different levels of drywall finish, level 5 drywall is the highest quality finish level, which achieves a smooth and attractive result for your walls, if you use high gloss paint, we recommend this level of finish.
Typically, this level 5 drywall finish is recommended in areas where smooth wall designs are decorated with bright decorative paints or finishes since the surface should be smooth and without marks or striations.
The level 5 drywall finish is the most effective method of providing a uniform surface to the walls, but to achieve the benefits of this top-level finish, the installation of drywall must have a drywall finish. Level 4 well done.
A level 5 drywall finish requires that a thin layer of joint compound be sprayed over the level 4 drywall finish and must have been well done, that is, hiring an experienced and certified company in the installation of drywall.