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Finishing Trowels

Our walls and ceilings look smooth, but how many times do you think the trowel has to be scraped across the surface to achieve that finish? If a smooth finish is what you want for your wall or ceiling, then you’ll want to choose our best finishing trowels.

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Finishing Trowels FAQs

A finishing trowel is a hand tool used for applying and smoothing joint compound during drywall finishing. It has a flat, rectangular blade with a handle and is used to create a smooth and even surface.

Finishing trowels for drywall are available in various sizes, typically ranging from 10 to 16 inches in length. The size you choose depends on the size of your project and personal preference.

The two main types of finishing trowels for drywall are flat trowels and curved trowels. Flat trowels are versatile and commonly used, while curved trowels are designed for specific applications, such as working on inside corners.

Stainless steel blades are recommended for finishing trowels. They are durable, resistant to rust, and provide a smooth finish. Avoid using trowels with blades made of carbon steel, as they can leave marks on the surface.

To keep your finishing trowels in good condition, clean them thoroughly after each use to remove any dried joint compound. It is also recommended to periodically apply a thin layer of oil to the blade to prevent rust.

Hold the finishing trowel firmly but not too tightly, with your thumb on top of the handle and your fingers wrapped around the underside. Apply even pressure and use long, smooth strokes to spread the joint compound.

While finishing trowels are primarily designed for drywall finishing, they can also be used for applying plaster, stucco, and other similar materials. However, avoid using them for tasks that could damage the blade or handle.

When using a finishing trowel on inside corners, start by applying joint compound to one side of the corner with a taping knife. Then, use a curved trowel to gently smooth the compound, applying even pressure and feathering the edges.

Make sure your trowel is clean and free of any dried compound before each use. Apply the compound in thin, even layers and use long strokes to create a smooth finish. Practice on a scrap piece of drywall before tackling your actual project.

Finishing trowels for drywall can be purchased at hardware stores, home improvement centers, and online retailers such as Master Building Materials. Check out our website for recommendations and options.