How to Use Drywall Tape: Comprehensive Guideline For Newbie

At first, using drywall tape can be a little of a daunting experience. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you learn how to use it correctly and get the most out of it, you can always achieve the best results without trouble.

Here we are going to explain how to use drywall the right way. Care to discover more about it and become an expert drywall user? Then keep scrolling and learn!

Learn to Use Drywall Tape in 5 Simple Steps

Drywall tape is not hard in any way unless you are entirely clueless. If you are, then follow the following 5 steps to use it like an expert:

Step 1: Find the Crack or Joint to Cover

Drywall helps to cover any crack or joint in drywall. So, you must have the place ready to start sealing.

Once you have the joint or crack figured out, you’ll have to clean any splinter, filth, or dust around. If there is any other impurity, get it off too.

If there’s anything capable of preventing the tape from sticking in the drywall, then get it off. That will help you achieve better results.

After doing this, you’ll be ready to start sealing the crack or joint.

Step 2: Apply and Spread Drywall Compound

The first step after having the place ready is to apply the drywall compound. Many people know this as sludge or mud – you can call it however you prefer.

The idea is to have the compound covering all the crack or joint the right way. Spread and make sure it covers everything correctly to prevent any problems later.


You don’t need to apply the compound evenly. Just make sure it covers everything, especially the area where the tape will go.

Avoid any dry spot. That could make the tape unusable later or just not to stick correctly after you apply it.

If you’re doing it on a joint, it is not necessary to fill the whole gap. It could make the tape fall due to the weight of the compound and lack of anchoring.

If you cover the gap or space in the joint, make sure to let the compound dry completely before applying tape. (This could lead to less effective when placing the tape)

Step 3: Cut and Place the Tape 

After you’ve used the mixture, you can start with the tape. Here, you’ll only need to cut it the right way and use in the joint or crack to cover.

You should do this with a knife. But always make sure only to cut what you’ll use. Otherwise, you could end up with parts of the tape not sticking, which could eventually harm the whole process.

Also, make sure it sticks firmly and flatly to the wall and compound. This will make the joint or crack fixed forever.


To cut the tape, hold the amount you want to cut out of the roll. Stick it on the top end of the crack or joint, then spread it down and measure the amount you’ll need. Then cut accordingly.

After laying the tape, press it strongly to let the excess of compound ooze out the sides. Only a thin layer of the compound should be under the tape.

You could wet the tape before applying it to the compound. This could increase the adhesive effectiveness and improve the total strength of the product. However, you will need to wait more time for it to dry.

Step 4: Spread and Clean Excess

Once you stick the tape on the joint, seam or crack, it is time to clean the compound excess. You could also spread it over but only leave an even thin layer over.

Then you’ll need to wait for it to dry and then re-apply until the tape is completely covered. You will need to wait again.


If you’re reapplying the mud, make sure the tape and the first compound are already dry. Otherwise, you may end up smudging the piece and damaging the whole job.

Remember to remove any excess or lump in the second layer. You’ll have to leave a smooth surface as a typical wall.

You should clean any excess with a rag or putty knife. Do this by spreading the compound outwards to prevent damaging the seal.

Step 5: Wait for the Seal to Dry

Once the whole seal is even and almost done, you should wait for it to dry.

You could also apply another layer of compound to even out the whole wall if needed. Remember to let the seal dry thoroughly before applying any extra layer of mud.

This will make the job stronger, reliable, and more durable. And on top of that, it will prevent you from damaging the process. 


Some tapes have more adhesive than others. This could help you avoid the use of paper tape that doesn’t have much adhesive and prevent the use of a compound which accelerates the whole process.

Remember not to leave any bulge or lump in the surface. If the compound dries out and there are some bumps to get rid of, you can use sandpaper.

Before doing anything after adding the last layer of compound, make sure to let it dry completely. Otherwise, you may end up moving the seal or even scrapping it off by mistake.

When the compound and tape dry completely, and everything is even enough for your needs, then you’ve successfully used drywall tape.

Start Using Drywall Tape Like an Expert Now!

Does using drywall tape look like a hard job? Not at all – even for an experienced user, this will be a total piece of cake.

There are many things to consider and tips to follow. But as long as you read this guide carefully and take our advice into account, you can always get rid of any crack or joint space in drywall.

So, are you ready to start using drywall tape like an expert? Don’t waste more time and begin now!

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