Syllabus / Design 101
Why choose a level-5 finish
When renovating any apartment in New York City, walls play more than just a "supporting" role in bringing the finished renovation together. In fact, depending upon the lighting design, blemishes and irregular lines can be painfully noticeable and detract from an otherwise high-quality renovation.
And so, to make the walls level and smooth, the contractor will offer what is commonly known as a "level-5 finish".
How to obtain a level-5 finish
Here are the steps taken to achieve a level-5 finish:
- Firstly the drywall itself has its gaps taped over to create the first layer.
- Then a first coat of spackling paste is applied to create the second layer.
- Then a second coat of spackling paste is applied to create the third layer.
- The wall is then sanded lightly to remove any blemishes and tool marks before a thin skim coat of spackle is applied to the entire surface to create the fourth layer.
- At this juncture, the wall is then sanded lightly and checked with a halogen light to look for any imperfections.
- Finally, the surface is coated with a drywall primer to produce the fifth and final layer.
- This activity invariably brings up some imperfections that need to be treated before the wall can be painted.
This 7-step process produces a beautiful and clean finish with no visible imperfections from as close as 6 feet.