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Old 05-12-2012, 09:20 AM   #1
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Do you always muds with lights...


Remodel - some it's not dealing with all new corners and edges....

In some area's, on on my 4th or 5th coat of mud...trying to do thin coats vs. overmudding/oversanding. And as always, when I turn on the lights (halogens) for final inspection, sanding.......the nit picker in me puts another thin coat on.

When is good - great enough....
Grrr...

I should stop inspecting it with the halogens ;-)

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At some point, you will say enough is enough.

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If you really want to pull your hair out just take a regular light and lay it flat against the wall and let it shine across the wall or up the wall, you will see every imperfection there is. You will never get it perfect.
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If you really want to pull your hair out just take a regular light and lay it flat against the wall and let it shine across the wall or up the wall, you will see every imperfection there is. You will never get it perfect.
He could sell us tickets so we could watch him struggle to make it perfect!
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I always keep a little LED flashlight with me when I do wall work. It's better to scrutinize your work while you're still in the prep stage - and can make corrections - than it is to discover flaws after applying your $60/gal paint.
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The 5th mud must be the charm as there were only a couple spots I needed to perfect ;-)
Yeah, I'm a stickler for flat walls and flat corners..
If you know how a corner looks with No-Coat vs. Metal Bead...and how tight a corner can be.


Leds are nice lighting and cool.

Halogens or a bright 75-100W handheld bulb is where it's at if you want the *light of truth*.
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i always use a halogen light and shine it towards the floor when sanding and from all different angles on the ceiling. you never know where the customer is going to put a light or they'll put in pot lights. also in the evening the sun may shine on the wall at a different angle so i better get it perfect. no call backs for this guy!
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I'm a nit-picker. My first drywall finishing job was an 8x10 bathroom and I must have used a 5 gallon bucket of mud.

My advice, don't use an oblique light until your last sand.

Pay extra attention to high spots as you cannot sand them down once the primer goes on. DO NOT try and sand out low spots, circle them with a pencil and fill them.

Prime the wall. Now flashlight it once more. Any low spots you see now can be filled easily since you cannot scratch the underlying coats.

Any high spots will have to be floated out which is why you want to be religious about getting them before you Primer.

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