Level 5 finish is recommended for areas where severe lighting conditions exist and areas that are to receive gloss, semi-gloss, or enamel paints. Level 5 requires all the operations in Level 4. Additionally, a thin skim coat of joint compound, or material manufactured especially for this purpose, is applied to the entire surface. (This definition is referenced to Terminology, Section II, Page 2 of GA-214 to make the description of "skim coat" clear to all.) The surface is smooth and free from tool marks and ridges. Before final decoration it's recommended that the prepared surface be coated with a primer prior to the application of final finishes. The Level 5 finish is required to achieve the highest degree of quality by providing a uniform surface and minimizing the possibility of joint photographing and/or fasteners "burning through" the final decoration.
Complete Drywall & Taping, Inc. utilizes Magnumís LevelCoat product when applying a Level 5 Finish. LevelCoat is thin coat of joint compound and primer that is sprayed to cover all of your walls and ceilings or selected areas in which light might be an issue or gloss paint will be applied. When you choose to use LevelCoat you eliminate the need for your painter to prime the walls. Therefore, the extra cost of applying a Level 5 Finish is somewhat negated by not having to pay your painter to buy primer and prime the walls. Typically, the Level 5 Finish is just a little more costly than the primer coat applied by the painter. Please visit http://levelcoat.com to learn more about Level 5 Finish and LevelCoat. See the LevelCoat video for a great description of their product.