drywall mud dry sand or wet sand?


Old 06-22-17, 07:20 AM
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drywall mud dry sand or wet sand?

What are views on wet or dry sand to finish dry wall mud? Not an entire room, just trim around new window?
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Old 06-22-17, 08:08 AM
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I don't wet sand but may use a wet sponge. Generally speaking, the sponge is used when less material needs to be removed.
Old 06-22-17, 08:45 AM
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In a perfect world you would not do any sanding, but assuming all you need is a light sanding dry is better because is would be simple and fast.
Old 06-22-17, 10:39 AM
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I use sanding sponges on small patch jobs. It cuts down on dust and you can rinse the sponge often.
For finish coat dry is better though as said, the sponge leaves tiny lines/scratches.
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You'll get a flatter finish if you dry sand using a sanding pole or block. On repairs I usually use a wet/damp sponge because it doesn't create any sanding dust. To use a sponge you need to have the mud applied fairly neat.
Old 06-22-17, 04:03 PM
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I take painters plastic on small jobs and create a cradle under the area to be sanded that catches all the dust for easier cleanup. Tape a length of plastic to the wall under your project and then tape the sides going up the wall at an angle. Then gather the loose plastic extending out from the wall and tie a know with it in the center. Hold the knot up in the air while sanding and the cradle formed will catch all the dust. Great for quick jobs.

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