Working With Reveal Beads

Multiple reveal beads on unfinished walls.

Reveals are a great way to add interesting design elements to a bare wall. Here are a few tips on how to best handle using Reveal Bead to wrap around corners, or when coming to a full stop.

To begin, Reveal Beads must be installed before the corner bead to ensure accurate and clean transitions. When hanging your drywall or cutting slots to place the reveals into, make sure to allow for a 1/16” gap between the drywall and the recessed section of the reveal. This will allow you room to level the bead within the wall.

A 1/16
A 1/16" gap between the drywall and the recessed channel of the reveal will allow you to level the bead within the wall before installation.

Use a cutoff piece of drywall as a support for the Reveal Bead.

If you are working with corners and need to create a clean miter joint with the Reveal Bead, use a fine tooth blade suitable for cutting softer materials in your miter saw. When using the miter saw, an easy way to make sure you have full control over your bead is to cut a strip of drywall that is the same thickness as the wall you are installing to, and use it as a support for the reveal bead. With your support piece of scrap in place, firmly hold the reveal bead against the saw guide in a vertical position to provide a clean and crisp cut edge.

When intersecting corners, trim all mud legs to 45 degree angles to allow for a proper fit.

When transitioning a standard outside 90 corner into a reveal, make sure that all mud legs on both the intersecting reveal and corner bead are cut to 45 degree angles to allow a close fit for the mud bumps. Simply trim the mud legs using a pair of snips and check your corners by dry fitting the beads before final installation.


For a simple way to terminate a reveal mid-wall, take a scrap piece of Reveal Bead and cut along the inside edge of the recessed channel with a utility knife to create your stop piece. Trim the size to just slightly larger than the width of the installed reveal to create an end cap.

Trim an end piece for your reveal using a scrap piece of Reveal Bead and cutting along the inside channel.

Trim an end piece for your reveal using a scrap piece of Reveal Bead and cutting along the inside channel.

Insert the end piece into the gap between the drywall and the Reveal Bead.

Insert the end piece into the gap between the drywall and the Reveal Bead.

Trim-Tex reveal bead installed.

These are just a few ways that you can use Reveal Bead in your projects, but the possibilities are limitless. Head over to our Inspirational Photo Galleries for even more ideas!

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