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What Is a Level 3 Drywall Finish?

A level three drywall finish calls for using joint compound to embed paper drywall tape over angles and joints where drywall panels meet, then coating over the tapes after they dry. Fasteners and accessories receive two coats as well.

Drywall finishers use mud pans and flat drywall knives.

A level three drywall finish calls for using joint compound to embed paper drywall tape over angles and joints where drywall panels meet, then coating over the tapes after they dry.  Fasteners and accessories receive two coats as well.


Function

In 1988, the Gypsum Association published “Recommended Levels of Gypsum Board Finish” to help builders and finishers communicate about project needs quickly and without confusion. 


Types

Five levels of drywall finishing exist.  Level one is the most basic, and is suitable for unoccupied areas like boiler rooms and closets.

Well-lit and highly visible areas require the highest level: five. 


Significance

The Gypsum Association recommends a level three finish for areas that will later receive heavy-grade wallpaper or a spray texture like stucco or popcorn. 


Considerations

In residential homes, a level three finish is only suitable for garages and closets.  Other areas should receive at least a level four finish.


Expert Insight

A level three finish is common in large, commercial structures where cosmetic appearance isn’t vital, such as factories and warehouses. 

About the Author

Stan Mack is a business writer specializing in finance, business ethics and human resources. His work has appeared in the online editions of the "Houston Chronicle" and "USA Today," among other outlets. Mack studied philosophy and economics at the University of Memphis.

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