Re: Drywall Mudding and the Skip Trowel Finish
Skip troweling is very difficult for the novice to do, let alone do correctly. The pros make it look easy, but it's not, it's something that takes years of practice to be good at.
As far as how much the drywall needs to be finished before the texture goes on, you'll want it as near baby's bottom smooth as possible. Skip troweling doesn't hide nearly as much as a sprayed texture. Regardless of the texture being used, any abnormalities are easily seen under it. You can get away with some, but not much. Joints need to be fully filled and feathered. Nails can remain slightly hollow without much notice, but still it's not recommended to leave hollows and irregularities, as they will be visible when you're finished.
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