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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 3:  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. Once you get good at this, the only sanding you will need to do before the 2nd coat is your lap marks and maybe some other minor edges here and there.  The picture below is the 1st and 2nd sections coated and a small lap mark where the 2 meet.


That is how to 1st coat recessed joints. Work your way around the room doing managable sized sections. The only real sanding should be where all your lap marks are. The picture below is one recessed joint totally 1st coated.

Next Step: How To 1st Coat Butt Joints


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