The procedure to wet sand drywall:
- Get yourself a bucket and fill it with warm water and place next to the area the wall you seek to sand dry. Have your sponge ready. Well, you should use a bigger bucket so that you don’t have to change water more frequently.
- Drop the sponge into the water and then wring it out. Ideally, if your wring your sponge too hard it will end up becoming bone dry. By so doing the sponge will not serve the purpose. Therefore, wring the sponge but let it remain dump. Well, but not sopping. When the sponge is dump it becomes possible to loosen and dissolve the hardened joint compound.
- Get up and face the wall. You can obviously notice the high spots that where you should begin. Knock those spots using the sponge’s abrasive side. Ensure that you can comfortably move the sponge in broad and circular strokes. Do not take much of your time pressing hard on one spot. The first few minutes may be quite discouraging but do not give up. It will take a few minutes and you will begin to see results.
- At this stage you are only concentrating on visible areas of the dried compound. If you feel that the sponge is beginning to bog down do not hesitate to get a new dampened sponge. We have given you a guideline on how you can dampen the sponge. Rinse the sponge that you have already used and keep the activities going. You don’t have to use a new sponge. This is because you can clean keep cleaning the sponge once you feel it has picked wet drywall particles.
- As you continue with the process of removing these spots it is important for you to remain patient. This step is bound to consume a lot of time as compared to when dry sanding.
- After finalizing removing any visible spots get yourself another sponge. Drop it to the bucket containing warm water and wring it out. Ensure that the sponge is still noticeably dump.
- Well, while using this sponge now ensure you use the smooth side of your sponge to sand the wall. Move the sponge in circular ways as you remove the joint compounds from the joint. This helps in reducing the visibility of seams after the completion of the painting job.
- Now since you have at least to your satisfaction removed any visible spots you can go ahead and concentrate on lowering the joint compound bumps.
- After completing the preceding step desist from carrying out any other wet sponging activity. This is because this will make dry wall paper too wet.
- After the sanding rub the dry wall with a fresh and dry cloth. This will help remove any dust particles that are sticking with the drywall.
Tips: All along you should keep checking the water in the bucket, if you notice that water appears murkier then you should replace that water with fresh and clean water. This is because if the water is dirty the sponge won’t clean.