Is this wall finish considered Level 3 or Level 4 Drywall? The place was built in 1980s, and has very unsmooth appearance, compared to newer places. Just curious if skimcoat would help, and if has to be Level 5 finish? A drywall contractor said Level 5 is very expensive to conduct. I am trying to do a job with the proper budget.

enter image description here

  • Would say someone put a textual finish on the wall. Drywall itself should be flat/smooth.
    – crip659
    Feb 14 '21 at 1:02
  • We can't tell what quality finish your wall is from the photo. You could skim it and get it to look acceptable. Level 5 is for picky people, problematic lighting and higher gloss paints. Feb 14 '21 at 1:58

That is a textured finish called "orange peel". It is typically applied over a level 3 finish (taped, a build up coat or "blocked", then skimmed and sanded), and is usually sprayed on by one means or another.

If you small repairs needing to be touched up , it is available in aerosol cans.

If you want to cover the texture, and have a smooth wall, then skim coating everything, which pretty much a level 5 finish , is your only option. Well, there are other options, but that will be your cheapest route if you want smooth wall.

  • I just bought a house that's damn close to this in the basement. Drives me bonkers. Why? Why? Good answer. You could edit it a little though... Probably a level 3 but who knows because it is covered up with a thick texture!
    – DMoore
    Feb 14 '21 at 7:41
  • @DMoore Texture finishes are used a LOT out here in the NW. In MD where I am from originally, level 3 was used most of the time with level 5 on occasion. I have observed many a texture applied since I have been out here and it all starts with a level 3 finish. At first when I got here I thought it was a way of "cheating" to hide crappy work or incomplete finishing work, a shortcut in other words. But the finished level 3 walls I have seen this texture sprayed on would have been a great smooth wall finish all by itself
    – Jack
    Feb 14 '21 at 8:04

no it is not level 5. level 5 looks almost perfectly smooth.

  • Could you add some sort of reference, maybe, to support your statement? That would go a long way toward helping.
    – FreeMan
    Feb 15 '21 at 11:44

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.