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Old 01-26-2008, 09:38 AM   #1
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Are we worrying too much about getting the mud perfectly smooth on the drywall? How much time and energy should we put into fixing up tiny imperfections? How much time and energy in sanding and wiping down? My husband and I are kind of perfectionists and we want to do this right.

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Well,.......

The Smoother you get the mud,... The Less Sanding will be required.....
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Any Imperfections not dealt with, will be telegraphed thru the Paint.....

Basically,....The Closer to Perfect you get each stage of the project will mean less time spent on the next step,+ the Better the final outcome will be.....

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I have heard that the Primer covers imperfections. Is this true, and how minor do they have to be?
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Bondo is right. Just finished my addition, first time finishing drywall. I was conserned i did'nt have mine as smooth as it should be, spent alot of time on it. It turned out better than expected after the primer and paint.
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I have heard that the Primer covers imperfections. Is this true, and how minor do they have to be?
NO, it does not.

You want to get the areas as smooth as possible. Once the walls are painted and you install lighting = EVERY imperfection will show up.

My advice to you, as a DIYer, is to sand between your coats. Use a bright halogen light while sanding, to see the surfaces clearly. Shine it at an angle. It will bring out any issues....like craters show on the moon's surface when reflected by the sun.

I know that you won't be able to get it this smooth, but below is an example of where we get the walls before it's even sanded. (All our tapers were tied up, and I had to do the drywall taping portion of this project myself ,to stay on schedule):





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Thank you all for your responses and pictures. Very helpful info!
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