Run your taping knife over the surface of the drywall and remove any high spots. If the knife hits a screw head, set the screw a little deeper. Use a drywall rasp to clean up edges, if needed. Measure wall height and subtract 1/2”. Measure and cut Big-Stick using a scissors or utility knife.
(1) Most professionals prefer to cut the ends of Big-Stick at a 45º angle.
(2) With a 4”or 5” taping knife, apply a smooth, liberal coat of all-purpose compound to corner.
(3) Press Big-Stick into the wet compound. Adjust if necessary to create a straight line.
(4) For high volume applications, use BSR300 Rolling Tool for fast installation and squaring up corner beads.
(5) Wipe down tight with taping knife using a little additional pressure on the outer edges of Big-Stick. Immediately apply a light skim coat of compound over surface. Wipe down tight and smooth. Let dry completely over several hours or overnight.
(6) With a 6”or 8” taping knife, apply your final coat of compound feathering the compound beyond previous coat. Let dry completely over several hours or overnight
(7) Sand lightly with 120 grit sandpaper. Big-Stick will not fuzz-up like paper or mesh tapes.
Properly mix all-purpose compound per manufacturer’s directions. If applying Strait-Flex tapes over painted surfaces, add Strait-Flex’s Super-Bond or latex paint to compound to enhance bondability.
Use a stainless steel mud pan to carry and re-mix compound as you work. Keeping your compound smooth and free of air pockets and dried clumps of compound, will deliver a smooth finish.
Have a five-gallon bucket of water with a durable sponge handy for cleaning tools.
When painting, apply a base coat of drywall primer to seal the compound and assure an even paint finish.
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