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Tape, Top and Texture
This is the description of the process used to prepare drywall for priming and painting.
Tape: Drywall tape is used to patch the joints where the sheets butt together.
Top: A topping compound is used to cover the tape and the nail heads to provide a smooth surface. (see the white shown below)
Texture: The finish that goes over the entire surface of the drywall; it can be smooth or have texture to it and comes in levels (Level 1 is the roughest finish; Level 5 is the smoothest/hospital grade finish).
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