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HOW TO 2ND COAT DRYWALL BUTT JOINTS  PAGE 2 OF 2 

Step 3: Spread mud on center of butt joint

Using a drywall pan full of mud and your 12 inch knife, spread a nice even bed of mud down the center of your butt joint. Start at the ceiling and come down until you meet the recessed joint.  If you're doing a lower butt, start an inch off of the floor and come up until you meet the recessed joint.

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

   

  

  

Step 4: Feather in outside edge (Right Side)

By moving your finger a little right of center, you will gain more control on the right side of the knife. Slowly pull down the butt, the right corner of the knife is tight against the wall. The left corner of the knife is slightly lifted away from the wall. Practice this a few times. What you want is to leave a nice little ripple line inside the joint a few inches.

 

Step 5: Feather in outside edge (Left Side)

By moving your finger a little left of center, you will gain more control on the left side of the knife. Slowly pull down the butt, the left corner of the knife is tight against the wall. The right corner of the knife is slightly lifted away from the wall. Practice this a few times. What you want is to leave a nice little ripple line inside the joint a few inches.

 

Step 6: Pull your knife down the middle

Make sure to have your finger in the middle, Bring the knife down nice and easy. Don't push to hard or you will wipe all the mud off. Just nice even pressure. Your butt is now 2nd coated and should look like the picture below (on the right).

Good Job!!

You just 2nd coated a butt joint. Let it dry overnight before you sand

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