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Old 03-19-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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My wife noticed an area that I must have missed when I sanded it. It's not horrible but there are 2 small lines of joint compound that were missed in the middle of the wall. I did the proper prep/prime work with Zin and 2 coated using SuperPaint. It came out great. Would it be OK to lightly sand those lines out and touch up or would it create more of a mess on the wall? I know it's not ideal to sand on latex.

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If you can live with it, don't mess with it. Yes, you can sand it, reprime it, and repaint it, but its' gonna show up on your wall as a different looking spot unless you repaint the entire wall.

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It happens to the best of us MJ. Two points I would make. First, feel. Anytime I sand anything, one hand is sanding and the other is feeling. Your hand is not going to miss something your eye might. You would be amazed at the number of painters I've encountered for who that is not a default action. Both in finding defects on substrates and verifying your sanding effort, feel is important.
Touch up. I tell my guys and customers alike, get touch up out of your head, it doesn't exist. The number of paints that "touch up" and the situations that will touch up are so miniscule as to be non-existent. Far more often than not, you're repainting entire walls, if you're not inclined to trade one glitch for another. That said, of course you attempt to before you repaint an entire wall, and keep your fingers crossed.
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Joe, great advice about "feel". It does take a bit of extra effort, but, my oh my, it saves countless hours in the long run.
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It happens to the best of us MJ. Two points I would make. First, feel. Anytime I sand anything, one hand is sanding and the other is feeling. Your hand is not going to miss something your eye might. You would be amazed at the number of painters I've encountered for who that is not a default action. Both in finding defects on substrates and verifying your sanding effort, feel is important.
Touch up. I tell my guys and customers alike, get touch up out of your head, it doesn't exist. The number of paints that "touch up" and the situations that will touch up are so miniscule as to be non-existent. Far more often than not, you're repainting entire walls, if you're not inclined to trade one glitch for another. That said, of course you attempt to before you repaint an entire wall, and keep your fingers crossed.
Thanks for that. It's something that I did not do. Looks like we'll have to live with it. I don't think it's that big of a deal. It's just disappointing when the rest of the wall looks so good.
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Joe, great advice about "feel". It does take a bit of extra effort, but, my oh my, it saves countless hours in the long run.
Exactly, how much does a missed nail pop cost, in time and effort, when found between finish coats, or worse, after the final coat? Answer: A lot more than they cost during the initial prep.

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