Levels of Drywall Finishes
Drywall has only been fastened to walls and ceilings.
No finish added
Drywall joint tape embedded in joint compound
Ridges and tool marks are visible
- Acceptable for areas not normally open to public view
A thin coat of joint compound skimmed over the tape
Covers the drywall screw holes
- Recommended for garages, warehouses, and places where surface appearance is not a concern
A coat of joint compound applied to the tape and screws
Acceptable for walls that will have heavy color and texture
Classic drywall finish
Another coat of joint compound to the tape and screws applied
- Walls are sanded and primed.
Thin skim coat(s) applied
Recommended for gloss, semi-gloss, enamel, or flat paints are specified or where severe lighting conditions occur.