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Old 07-06-2008, 12:29 PM   #1
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I've covered a vent opening on a wall with drywall compound. What is the best way to blend the compound into the existing texture? If I use my knife it makes little waves when it goes over the existing texture, which doesn't look very good.

Do I use a damp sponge to blend it in? Sanding screens?

I plan on going over the section with texture once sanded, but I want to make sure I've blended this well enough.

Any suggestions would be great!

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Yes, use a damp sponge going in circular motions.

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Ya said:

"If I use my knife it makes little waves when it goes over the existing texture, which doesn't look very good."

Why not use your knife to make little waves. Allow to dry. Then use your knife in the opposite direction to fill in those waves to achieve a flat surface. Sand smooth.

That is, allow to dry, and then sand smooth.
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With my sad DIY drywall skills, I have found it useful to use a really huge knife to keep my compound smooth. I use a 5" knife for the initial fill-ins, but the last coat I have a gigantic 10" (I' think) knife I got on clearance at Sherwin, and it makes those waves disappear, since it is much bigger than any repair I can make.

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