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Tips To Successfully Mud and Tape Drywall Corners

Tips To Successfully Mud and Tape Drywall Corners

Hanging and finishing drywall happens in a series of steps. The application process varies for different areas of the walls and ceiling. We’ll help you with the tricky corners. Look over these tips to mud and tape drywall corners successfully.

Coat the Corners with Mud

You don’t need to rely on wide taping knives when working on corners; a four-inch mud knife will get the job done. Dip the knife into the mud pan and scoop up a small amount of compound. Turn the knife broad side down, and apply the mud to the corner.

Use broad strokes when laying down the mud to cover one side of the corner. It will make the process go faster. Make sure the mud is between 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch thick. Remove the extra mud with the edge of the knife. Repeat this process on the other side of the corner.

Apply the Tape

The tape should have already been creased before applying the mud, so crease the tape and line it up with the corner. Start at one end and press the tape into the compound firmly.

Make sure the crease sits at an angle, with half the tape on one side of the corner and the other half on the adjacent side. Run the edge of the knife along the center of the tape while applying pressure. When the excess mud seeps out, wipe it off and get rid of any air bubbles.

Add Another Coat

Let the first layer dry and the tape set in properly. It should dry completely overnight. Test the dryness with your hands to ensure it’s not damp the next day.

Grab the taping knife and prepare to apply another layer of mud. You’ll need to mix it again to get a consistent texture. Use a drywall mud mixing paddle to make things easier. Start at the edge of the corner, and apply the compound outward.

Sand and Finish

Use the knife to remove excess mud from the corners, and feather the edges so everything blends in well. Let the second layer of mud dry and set again. Now, all you need to do is smooth and finish.

Use the sander to smooth out any remaining roughness on the surface. Don’t press too hard when sanding; otherwise, you’ll sand through the tape and rub it away. Be firm but gentle. Rub your hand over the surface to ensure the sander didn’t go through.

Successfully applying mud and tape to drywall corners has never been easier. At Timothy’s Toolbox, we have the skills and the equipment you need for a job well done. For more information, visit our website.

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