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Old 11-10-2009, 09:05 AM   #1
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I am ok at hanging sheetrock, BUT finishing, not so good! For some reason I tend to overmud seems and can NEVER EVER get them TRULY smooth. Soon as I paint BAM! I have been told that if I take a DAMP NOT WET sponge and go over the joint it will smooth it out ALMOST to the point of not needing to sand at all? Is this true? Is good? (if it works it would be stupendous) Or is it bad. Can anyone expand a little on the technique? Other suggestions are GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!

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Actually a spray bottle of water and a 12" knife work better for me if I'm getting real picky about a joint.

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I first do as Willie said, then to invisible blend the repair to the old painted finish, I use this with water: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...THDStoreFinder
Be careful! The new material comes off very easily and quickly.
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The kind of tool (flat and hard) that Gary mentioned is usually best for drywall. Sponges and hand sanding (no backer) will invariably leave streaks and grooves until you have enough skill and practice to avoid leaving them.
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You need to be careful using a sponge on raw sheetrock. If you get the paper wet, it will raise paper fibers all over the exposed areas. You would then need to sand down the surface or the paint will look like hell.
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In my limited drywall finishing experience... I was trying to hit the joints with the sponge too soon. I used mostly setting compound so I thought I would have to smooth it while still wet, but that wasn't the case, I found. My finishing looks best under a heavy knockdown...

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