If you have ever worked on any drywall priming or painting job, you already know how hard it is to prepare the surface for the final coat. But things can turn around surprisingly by the inclusion of a drywall sander in your workforce. Since these are easy to use, works fast and most importantly, extract dust from the source by the in-built vacuum, The Tooly refers them as the savior!
In this article, we will guide you through the process of how can you use a drywall sander to sand off the drywall efficiently without messing things up.
Step 1: Get Yourself Ready
Before starting the sanding work, you must wear proper clothing, protective masks, safety goggles and hand gloves for your safety. Since there will be particles all around the room, without protective gear, you will be at risk of becoming sick.
Step 2: Seal off All Entrances
The second thing to do is sealing off all the entrances of the room so that dust remains in the room and you can clean things up easily after the job is done. Ensure that there remain no openings by which particles can pass through to the other room. If you allow dust to pass through, you will be finding dust particles all over your house in the upcoming days.
Step 3: Pick the Sander with Both Hands
Coming to the main point, how to use drywall sander! It is easy, plug in the sander with the proper electric outlet and make sure it is firmly placed. Otherwise, by the vibration of the motor, the plug can come out of the outlet.
Then pick the sander with both hands, grab the end of the extended handle with one hand and use the other hand to operate the sander. Although these sanders are comparatively lightweight than other heavy machines, you should be careful when starting.
Step 4: Start from the Corners
Now start sanding from the corner of the drywall as they are difficult to sand. You should keep eye on the edges as well for a perfect finish. Most of the time, people mess up with the corners and edges. After you are done with the outline, you can start sanding the large surface area. Try to divide the wall by sections so that you do not forget to sand any portion of it.
Step 5: Look For Uneven Surfaces
When you are done with the whole room, closely inspect the surfaces for any uneven area. If you find any, simply sand off to make things smooth. You should see some uneven surfaces on the tight corner of the drywall. If you see them, use sandpaper to polish that.
Now that you know how drywall sanders should be used, you can do things by yourself quite easily. Make sure to wear protective equipment before the job and clean the whole room after the job is done. Drywall sanders make little to no dust but still, you need to clean the surface for ensuring a safe environment.