Smoothing patches


Old 11-21-02, 01:28 PM
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Smoothing patches

I've been taping, caulking, and sanding various cracks in my house in preparation for painting. Some I've already painted over. Very few look right. On some, I've sanded too much, so that the outline of the mesh tape shows through. On others, I've left too big a "mound" over the crack. Any advice on how to create a more professional look.

(by the way, I'm still a novice DIY'er).

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-21-02, 05:08 PM
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Using a broader knife will help with the mound. Imagine, as you work, that you are trying to smooth the mud out so that it will not show. Using a long sanding block will help keep the build more level with the existing wall, when you sand.. If you sand to the tape, you will have to mud over it and start over. Practice.
Old 11-21-02, 08:25 PM
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Follow chfite's advice and always use a bright work light. You would be amazed how many "flat" areas become odd bumps and scrapes after painting.
Old 11-22-02, 08:10 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I'll be back at it tonight.

One more question--I've been using plastic knives, one thin, the other broader. Would a harder knife (metal) be more effective?

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