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 Step 3: Spread mud

Using a drywall pan full of mud and your 12 inch knife, spread a nice even bed of mud down the recessed joint. Start in the corner and come down the wall about 4 to 6 feet. As you get better at this, you will be able to bite off bigger sections but for now, just go with nice small easy to manage sized sections.

Just apply nice even pressure on the center of the knife (Notice finger location).


STEP 4:  Feather in the outside edges

Move your finger a little to the right side of center. This will give you a little more control on the right side of the knife. Start back in the corner and pull the knife back towards you applying most of the pressure on the outside edge. What you're doing here is feathering the outside edge in. You should end up with a small ripple line (See picture).


 Once you feathered in the bottom edge, move your finger a little left of center. Pull the knife across the joint again, this time feathering in the top edge. Try to get a ripple line on the top side like you did on the bottom.


It's hard to get these little ripple lines to show up on a picture but if you look real close at the picture below you can see the top and bottom ripples.

STEP 5:  Pull the middle

Place your finger right in the middle of the knife. Pull across the joint one more time, this time using firm even pressure on the middle of the knife. With a little practice you will be able to coat the recessed joints nice and smooth and they will require very little sanding. That should be it for your 1st little section.


Move on to next section

Start at the end of the section you just finished. For the next section you are going to repeat all the steps from above. The only thing you are going to do different is: On your final swipe with your knife, you are going to pull from the opposite direction.


When your knife meets the first section you will end up with a small "Lap mark" or "Fish Tail". That's okay, that's what you want.



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