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Updated Levels of Finish Document

The Gypsum Association announces that, in collaboration with the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, the Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association, the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and the Drywall Finishing Council, a revised and expanded edition of GA-214, Recommended Levels of Gypsum Board Finish, is now available.


Since 1990, GA-214, known to many as Levels of Finish, has guided architects, contractors, and other interested parties in establishing mutual expectations by accurately describing and communicating interior finishing requirements on the jobsite and in contract documents.


GA-214-2015 is more comprehensive than previous editions. For the first time, recommendations for unfaced and non-paper faced gypsum panel products are included. The title of GA-214-2015, Recommended Levels of Finish for Gypsum Board, Glass Mat and Fiber-Reinforced Gypsum Panels, reflects this expanded scope.


Although GA-214-2015 addresses additional gypsum panel products and the publication has an updated look and feel, not everything has changed. The levels of finish still range from Level 0, where no taping, finishing or accessories are required, to Level 5, the recommended finish for dark paint, paints with sheen or gloss, and surfaces exposed to severe lighting conditions.

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