i've just finished sheetrocking one of my garage bays and am wondering
how to easily finish the walls. Being what it is, I don't want to do
the whole mud thing. I just don't need a pristine indoor-quality
finish. At the same time, I don't want to just slap primer and paint
on it. Is there any way to finish a wall that's halfway between the
Is there anything I can cover the sheetrock butt joints with that'll
cover the seam but not necessarily leave me with a perfect finish?
Ditto the screw dimples?
Go with just one rough coat of mud over the joints. Let it dry for a
day or two, then go over it with a sponge. Use a bucket of warm water,
and a big thick sponge (e.g. 6x8x3 inch variety) -- just dip the
sponge, squeze a bit so you don't have dripping water, and quickly run
over the joints. This will smooth out the mud quite a bit, which will
make the whole thing look pretty nice, and will make painting easier on
the mostly smooth surface. Let the mud dry again for a few hours.
I'm not great at mud, and even I could probably do the entire mud in an
hour or two, then the sponging in 30 min or so.
aaaand how! <laugh out loud>
I hate installing drywall.
The secret to less labor is to take the time to put the mud on nice.
(some places need 3 and 4 passes of mud)
Thin layers dry very fast...by the time you've detailed an area, you
can litely sand
and detial it again.
Each pass you make, yure amazed at how smooth this is getting...and you
can take it to any level of proffessional.
"Standard" mudding by an expert usually means that you do three passes
over each joint, each time feathering it out wider and wider. A day
or two for each pass to dry.
I didn't want to spend that much time when I finished the sheetrock
in my garage either.
As a compromise, I ran fiberglass jointing tape on the joints, and
did one moderately generous pass (roughly equivalent to an expert's
second pass) with a proper trowel on the joints, and did a quick pass
on the screw dimples. Taking care to not leave lumps.
Next day, sanded a few places where I carelessly left lumps, then primed
I'm quite happy with the result. If you get up close and personal and
inspect it, it certainly ain't perfect, but it's plenty good enough.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It\'s not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
The heck you say!!
My garage is nicely taped and textured, good enough job for anyone's living
room. With a light texture you can hide the mistakes in the mud job, and it
still cleans easy enough. As far as repair, well, it is a garage. so what if
the repair don't match 100%! As far as shedding, the only problems I have
with the walls shedding the texture is where for some reason or another the
wall got and stayed wet for some time. My garage is pushing twenty years
old. A couple years ago I did a major re-paint. Before the painting I
removed any soft spots, or damaged areas in the walls, mudded them, and shot
them with texture again. It looks as good as the day it was built!
As for the OP, I would take the time to do a real mud job, tape, screw
holes, and everything, but take some time and put on 3 coats of mud. Then
when it looks just about good enough, rent, borrow, or steal a texture gun
and put a good layer of wet texture over everything. With a wet texture it
will lay down a bit and not be so rough, but still hide the mistakes in the
half-ass mud job, kind of an orange peel surface. Give it a coat of good
primer and some semi gloss white paint and you will have a garage to be
Why would he need three coats if he's going to texture it? I thought
the idea was to get this done "quick and dirty" like the subject line
says. I also don't see what the texture achieves.
The quickest and easiest way for a beginner to get reasonable results
is to use a bucket of standard joint compound over perforated adhesive
paper joint tape, followed by a second coat of the same compound. If
he's careful to not goober the stuff all over the wall, he can probably
get away without sanding (the wet sanding advice is spot on). From
there he should hit it with primer and see what it looks like. If he
can live with it, keep painting, otherwise hitting up the rough spots
with a little touchup spackle or compound prior to spot priming and
finish paint will give him as good results as a garage would need.
Why three coats? Because three light coats will generally give better
results than one or two thick ones. Texture takes very little time or money
and covers allot of sins.
The OP will end up doing what ever he wants, I just gave my opinion as to
what I would do.
Chuckle- yeah, I grew up with the 3-pass scenario, and was real suprised
watching the finish crew tape and mud a false wall at work- they taped and
mudded all in one step, and came back next day to do a quick pass with an
abrasive pad of some sort, held near a shop vac. They then tack-ragged the
whole thing and left, and painter came the following day. Great looking
joints, and almost no dust, where remodels I had worked as a kid left all
horizontal surfaces caked. I was impressed, and told the crew so. Mebbe they
had some special joint compound, or were just real good at what they do. I'd
like to hire a crew like them to tape and mud my garage, once I get around
to fixing the half-ass not-quite-finished firebreak drywall job previous
Mud is best put on with two knives.
One large one small. The small one is the helper, it is constantly
moving mud on the large knife. Each knife is always keeping each
other's blade clean.
It can be alot of fun once you get a groove going.
For the main stretcher joints, I put a ball of mud on the large blade.
Relax the arm and pull with the body. You get long clean sweeps.
don't expect any load of mud to go very far, you gotta move the mud
from the bucket to the wall.
I know A guy who had a machine that would put mud on the tape.
It's very common, in the trade. He would travel to taping competitions,
it's amazing what some of those guys can do. )stilts and all.
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