How to Sand Drywall Fast – Step By Step Guide

During construction, there comes a time when you have to complete the interior wall. In this situation, drywall is considered as the best material to go for to make the wall smooth and eye-catching. Hence, drywall sanding is mandatory.

This article will give you the proper tools and techniques that you can apply to sand drywall easily and efficiently.

Read on to find out more.

Necessary Equipment To Sand Drywall

Steps To Sand Drywall Fast

Below, you will find out the proper steps that you need to follow to sand drywall fast.

Step 1: Put All the Tools in One Place

Before you start your DIY task, take some time, and assemble everything. Take all the equipment and put them in the room where you are going to do drywall sanding.

As this task produces a massive amount of dust, wear the dust mask to avoid any specks of dust from inhaling and the protective eyewear so that no dust can come in contact with your eyes. If you have any fresh cloth or a cap, use it to cover your hair as well.

Accordingly, if you have windows facing the open area, open all of it so that you can have a sound ventilation system; otherwise, the whole room will get cloudy and suffocating.

If you have doors that are connected to the other room, tape the plastic sheets to the doors so that no dust can reach to the unwanted areas.

Similarly, tape all the rooms if you have furniture in there where you are going to do the task.

Step 2: Start Sanding Drywall

Attach the sandpaper to the sanding block. Join the sandpaper in a way that it is properly fitted in both ends. Take the sanding pole and attach the whole thing onto it. With the help of the pole, you can easily reach the ceiling and the corners of the wall without giving any extra effort. You can use any corner sander to sand wall corners.

Furthermore, make sure that you should always keep the sanding head in an angular form to the pole to avoid creating any rough surfaces on the wall. Then, start sanding the seams, joints very slowly.

Don’t put too much pressure on this area or else you will have scratches and rough marks on the wall. These will not look good during the time you complete your task. If you have screws in the wall, sand around it gently.

Moreover, during sanding, move the pole or the block in a circular motion to prevent any hollow from occurring in the wall. Don’t push it in a straight line constantly. For the corners, take the sanding sponge and sand the area slowly. If you have electrical boxes, apply the same procedure.

Step 3: Use the Flashlight

Take the flashlight and use it to check any hidden holes or uneven areas in the wall. If you manage to find it out, mark the area with a pencil. Take the drywall compound and fill these marked areas with the help of the putty knife. After that, give it time to dry. When it is dried completely, sand the area again.

Step 4: Use the Primer

Take the primer and prime the walls gently. Then sand the whole wall to eliminate any irregularly shaped areas.

Step 5: Finish it off

As you are done with the sanding part, it is time for you to finish it off by cleaning the whole room. Take the vacuum cleaner and clean the wood dust thoroughly.


As you have seen, this process is straightforward and time-saving. If you apply the mentioned techniques, your wall will be as smooth as you have desired.

Have a good day!


David has been a Craft & woodworking enthusiast for 10 years, and in that time has written huge resources on Sander, woodworking, and tools.

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