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Another spackle question

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I am not good at spackling so I will do a little, sand it then do a little more until it looks right.
I have good, although slow results doing this but it works... until now. For some reason, the first spackle is different from the second coat so that when I'm sanding, the first will leave weird ridges that will not blend with the second.
Any ideas why? Any suggestions on how to fix it?
Thanks in advance.
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Sounds like two things. First, it sounds like you are not overlapping with your next coat. You should use a progressively wider blade with each coat or do it wider with the same blade and completely cover the previous coat so it looks like you only have one wide coat in the end. That makes it a lot easier to sand and makes for a smoother finish.

Second, any ridges will be caused by lumps in the compound or a bump on the wall. Always sand before and after you apply spackle or drywall compound. A flat drywall sander is a MUST in any painters toobox. Some will sand betwen coats, but when you get good at it you can just go along knocking down ridges between coats with a blade.
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