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Old 06-18-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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Working on final sanding new construction in basement. Pain in the butt ;-)

As I'm going around I have found a fair amount of pock marks and teeny tiny craters in some spots. Will using a 1/2 inch nap and quality primer fill and hide all these little marks?

Or do I need to put another coat on a good portion of my seams?

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As I'm going around I have found a fair amount of pock marks and teeny tiny craters in some spots. Will using a 1/2 inch nap and quality primer fill and hide all these little marks?
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Not really, no.

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You should take the time to fill and sand them even with the wall. Expecting primer and paint to serve as a filler is asking for trouble. With a wide blade it will go fast and you will have minimal sanding to do unless you goop on the compound. In fact, you can probably wet sand (with car wash sponge) excess from such divots and small imperfections. Than prime and paint.

If you try to Mickey Mouse the surface to start, the defects will end up showing up in your finish coats and especially if you are planning paint within any sheen at all to it. Now is the time to spend the extra effort to get the wall surface the best you can. Otherwise you will be sanding through primer and paint to fix the problem later.
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If you think you are done sanding--prime it--then do your spot touch ups---then prime the patches.

Some flaws can't be seen until after priming---that's the nature of drywall taping---
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Thanks for the replies. Just sick of sanding :-)
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Josh.... Just remember... sanding is for high spots.... filling is for low spots. (I know sounds stupid... but sometimes we're reluctant to open the mud bucket again... ans somehow think we can sand out low spots.)
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Thanks for the replies. Just sick of sanding :-)
I have gotten to the same point so many times over the years but realize you are near the end. You will kick yourself if you have come this far and try to compromise now.
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I have gotten to the same point so many times over the years but realize you are near the end. You will kick yourself if you have come this far and try to compromise now.
Yes... Or go real heavy knockdown....
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Drywall taping is a skill only learned with experience---

do not be to rough on yourself---you are the new guy on his first job---look your work over after priming---make the needed touch ups--

This is why the good tapers are always in demand---
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There are primers called block fillers that will fill those in. But really it's easier to just fill them in.
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Josh.... Just remember... sanding is for high spots.... filling is for low spots. (I know sounds stupid... but sometimes we're reluctant to open the mud bucket again... ans somehow think we can sand out low spots.)
Yeah, well the problem is, sometimes you can sand out the low spots, and sometimes it works. That's the reason it's tempting to try
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Apply a coat of primer first, then try to fix any imperfections that there may be.

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Yeah, well the problem is, sometimes you can sand out the low spots, and sometimes it works. That's the reason it's tempting to try
Jeff.... I know and agree with you... that's why I'm the world's slowest finisher.

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There are primers called block fillers that will fill those in. But really it's easier to just fill them in.
not to argue with you( cause it is not worth the effort) but block fillers are for concrete and masonry not drywall
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What ever you do--do not use block filler---

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