Sanding drywall is a sort of science, and wet sanding drywall takes more of an understanding then you may have realized. While it’s true that wet sanding drywall is quite easy, but there are many things to consider if you want to get your project looking just as intended. The following tips and tricks straight from the pros will show you want not to do so you understand more on what’s recommended to do.
Do Not Sand, Smudge
Despite the name drywall sanding, the process itself is everything but. This is especially the case when sanding, or smudging corners, seams, and other areas of joint compound. Using the sponge in a sanding fashion will end up leaving streaks, ripping the paper overlay, or removing too much of the compound.
Try smudging the drywall which will also have a much better effect on seams where they will have a better chance of blending and less noticeable after painting.
Take Your Time
Wet sanding drywall is a time consuming process and something that takes much more time than conventional sanding. Taking your time to will help minimize imperfections and assure that you don’t remove too much of the joint compound. Thank of this sanding technique as an art as it takes a great deal of passion to get the smoothness and consistency you’re trying to achieve.
Do Not Soak the Sponge
After dipping the sponge into a bucket, be sure to wring the sponge out. You don’t want to use a soaked sponge as it will end up damaging the drywall altogether. Keep in mind that after the first pass over the compound, the sponge itself will expel water completely if rung out to hard. After the 1st pass of sanding be gentle when ringing out the sponge being sure not to expel the water completely.
Understand Wet Sanding Has Limitations
Understanding that there are limitations to wet sanding before you start will help minimize the idea of perfection. If you’re looking for a picture perfect smooth surface than the odds are you won’t find it here. Sanding with a damp sponge will yield a very good end-product, but to say it’s perfect may be an overstatement.