Sponging Joints


Old 08-16-05, 06:53 AM
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Sponging Joints

I had a neighbor come over and he used a sponge and warm water and showed me to use it on the compound instead of sand paper.

Am I looking to smooth out the dried lines in the compound or am I supposed to thin out the thickness of the compound? Also, should I use the hotest water that I can sponge with? Is their any pattern I should be using when doing this?

Also, benifits of sponging vs. sand paper
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Old 08-16-05, 10:37 AM
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Sanding does a better job but can be quite dusty, a wet sponge creates no dust but isn't as precise. The temp of the water doesn't really matter. The water softens up the joint compound and the sponge can be used to smear it around making a fairly smooth surface. They sell a sponge with a handle specifically for this [makes it a little easier to keep the surface flat]. Your requirements should determine the method you use.

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