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There's really no change to your process here. I prefer to tape the butt joints so I can then skim out the bead without interference. This would be true whether the butt joint was near the bead or not. I don't think of taping in terms of "coats". You have a series of steps that leads to an outcome--specifically a flat surface. This isn't paint, and the ...


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Other than the first coat being forced into the joints, this is not two separate operations. You're going to be looking for one joint from the corner bead to the feather-edge of the butt-joint. As for number of coats, as many as it takes, remembering not to waste time fussing over them - get mud on, let dry, sand or scrape for high spots, more mud for low ...


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