Finishing Drywall – Mud and Taping

Now that all drywall is up, next is the process of applying mud and tape creating a smooth wall look. This always appears a bit daunting to me. I always wonder how they get the wall so smooth in the end. If you have a large wall with many seams, this is especially the time you want the best person for the job so the wall is smooth and not wavy.

drywalled great room mud and taped room mud and taped hallway







Mud is basically the “glue” holding the tape to the drywall. Every seam, nail and screw is covered in mud and then the seams have tape over them. Usually, you add mud at least once, but more often a couple of times, but you always have to make sure the first application is dry before doing additional coats. Then, you’ll need to use sand paper to rub the joints gently and ensure the wall is as smooth as possible.

Sanding Tips

Some drywall companies use a wet sanding method, which keeps dust and grit from filling the home as much as dry sanding will. There is a wet sanding method which is better if you don’t want a dusty interior, or if you are remodeling and have your furnishings already inside the home, or choose to dry sand, then you will definitely want to cover the vents to avoid dust going into every room.

mud and taped ceiling


The process will repeated in order to get “smooth as silk” walls. I can imagine with home layouts like ours, or home plans with open floor plans getting the ceiling and vault ceiling seams perfect is a tedious process. Anytime you have to work overhead like that must be tough. But, so far as you can see, the process of finishing the drywall is turning out terrific.

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6 thoughts on “Finishing Drywall – Mud and Taping

  • September 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    you are doing a wonderful job! U are acultaly inspiring me to maybe start on some of the remodeling work done on my own house.. we weren’t going to do any of that cosmetic type stuff b/c we were going to move, but since it seems we will be here a while, then I may go ahead and do some..Sorry no takers on the bathroom – perhaps I can find someone to do mine .. that I have been avoiding like the plague. love the snowflakes – I did one into a biscornu.

  • February 7, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Finishing with smoothness is the main objective of any drywall task. I have worked with a lot of residential and commercial drywall contractors and you’re finishing is marvelous to say the least.

  • March 5, 2020 at 7:46 am

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  • March 24, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Well done! Drywall is no easy feat! It’s a lot more work and skill that goes into it. You guys did great!

  • February 17, 2021 at 4:54 am

    Wow. I am definitely going share this post about drywall taping with a few of my friends. Very cool information.

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