The Drywall Finishing Council announced the launch of its newly redesigned Web site at its semi-annual meeting held in Las Vegas. The site features a fresh look, improved navigation and easier access to a large amount of industry information.

The purpose of the council’s site is to communicate important and timely issues affecting the gypsum board finishing industry. The Web site’s target audience includes its DWFC members whose businesses are rooted in the drywall finishing industry, in addition to contractors, specifiers, do-it-yourself homeowners and the greater building community. In addition to technical information and literature, the site features links to member companies and industry groups in and around the drywall community. Visit the new site.  

The DWFC also adds to its library with the publication of a new white paper, “Jobsite System Failures Involving Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Masking Tape Over Gypsum Board Substrates.”

The new paper was jointly produced by member companies and details the issue of damage to gypsum board upon removal of a pressure sensitive tape. PSA tapes, commonly referred to as masking tape or painter’s tape, can cause a system failure whereby the paint finish, the joint compound and/or the gypsum board face paper are damaged with the removal of the tape. This white paper assists the user to choose the right tape for the job, identifies common causes of problems and offers tips for prevention. It also offers an illustrated step-by-step procedure to apply and remove masking tapes without damaging a drywall system.

The paper may be downloaded online free of charge from the council’s Web site at