My friends and I are going to be starting a new room in our house. We have been working on it for a couple of weeks already, but the drywall has been taking forever to dry. It is even more frustrating because we can’t put anything back on the wall since it’s not ready yet! Can you help us? How can we dry the wall faster?
You may not be able to speed up the time it takes for your walls to dry completely, but here are some tips on how you can make them at least dry faster so you can get started with putting everything back. Following these instructions will also reduce the amount of time you have to wait for your walls after they are dry.
Instructions to follow
- Cooler area
Drywall typically dries faster when it is installed in a cooler area of the house, so try placing it in an area that gets less sunlight or heat from appliances or open windows.
- Hang Fan
You can also hang fans near the newly hung drywall to accelerate the process. Make sure you are hanging the fans high enough that there is at least a foot of space between them and the wall because if they are too close, it can cause problems with your paint job. Also, make sure the fans are able to turn on and off automatically since some fans require manual control.
- Don’t paint it
If your drywall was hung recently, we would recommend that you not paint it yet. Even if the wall feels dry, there may still be a minute amount of moisture deep in the gypsum core and when the paint hits this area, it could cause major bubbling or damage to your walls when you remove the tape from around windows and doors. If you feel confident that your walls are dry enough for painting, simply sand the newly hung drywall to help rid it of any small particles that could be causing the excessive moisture.
- Wait for a week
If you plan on hanging wallpaper over top of your patched or painted walls, we would recommend waiting at least a week before installing your new wallpaper because the paper is more porous than paint and will easily soak up any excess moisture in the new drywall.
- Test it
To test how dry your newly hung walls are, simply touch them with your index finger and see if any moisture or wetness comes off on your fingertip. If it does come off, then you should wait another day before painting to make sure no more water gets soaked up by the paper. If you are sure that your drywall is completely dry, then carefully paint the walls with a high-quality primer before applying two coats of wall paint.
In the end, we learn that the process of making the drywall dry faster is using a fan. The air coming from the fan accelerates the drying process. But despite using all these ways, drywall still takes some time to dry. You should have some patience and let it dry completely before planning to hang new wallpaper on it. Hope this article will help you.