How Do You Sand Drywall?


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To sand drywall, lower high spots by rubbing with an open-mesh sanding screen, even out patches or joints further with the rough side of a drywall sponge, and then sponge the entire area, feathering the edges onto the surrounding drywall. Keep the sponge moist but not sopping wet.

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  1. Rub high spots with an open-mesh sanding screen

    Use a piece of open-mesh sanding screen to remove high areas, allowing quicker wet sanding.

  2. Wet a drywall sponge

    Soak a drywall sponge in a bucket of clean water. Wring it out slightly so it is not dripping but is still very wet.

  3. Rub the high areas with the rough side of the sponge

    Rub the rough side of the drywall sponge in a circular motion over the previously sanded high areas to even them further and remove drywall dust.

  4. Feather the edges with the smooth side of the sponge

    Turn the sponge over, and wipe the patch or joint from the center out, feathering the edges into the surrounding drywall. Do not use too much pressure. Rinse and re-wet the sponge as necessary. Avoid making more than two passes over any area.

  5. Let the wall dry

    Let the joint compound and surrounding drywall dry completely before priming or painting.

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