Even if a project doesn’t specify a Level 5 skim coat, if your ceilings have a bunch of butt-joint bulges — especially during a time of day when a ton of sunlight comes in and shows off all the flaws in a subpar finishing job — your client probably won’t be too happy. It would be great if, every time you walked into a new-construction jobsite, you were working with perfect framing with state-of-the-art framing members and smoothly tapered drywall to help easily achieve perfectly flat drywall ceilings. But every professional finisher knows, more often than not, that can be a pipe dream.
So how do you get that flat, smooth finish on your ceilings every time? Here are a couple of the easiest ways we’ve found, whether you’ve got that mythical perfect framing or not.