Cast Your Shadow: Where to Use Z Shadow Bead

Door jambs. Baseboards. Ceiling trim. Most of the time, your eye tends to move right past these kinds of interior components that usually blend right into the background. Unless, of course, you see details like these as opportunities to do something different with your finish and wow your clients in areas they might not expect. That’s why drywall finishers, interior designers and architects go gaga for Trim-Tex’s Z Shadow Bead, which spices up everyday elements of a room with a subtle, yet eye-catching, reveal effect. Here’s where to use Z Shadow Bead, whether you’re looking to jazz up your base trim or your door casings, with help from our friends at Drywall Nation.

Check out the video below, where Drywall Nation’s own Brian Kitchin demonstrates where and how he used this sleek solution on one of his recent jobsites:

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Where to Use Architectural Z Shadow Bead (ft. Drywall Nation)

Once you decide where to use Z Shadow Bead on your project, there’s a number of sizing options to choose from. As Brian explains, Z Shadow Bead has two distinct flanges attached to its mud leg, and the dimensions for these flanges are broken into A sizes and B sizes. The A size will correspond to the thickness of your drywall — so if you’re using 5/8” drywall, you’ll want a 5/8” A-sized Shadow Bead, and so on. And your B size will determine the size of your reveal detail. In the video above, Brian is using a 1/2” reveal around his door casings.

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For Brian’s baseboards, however, he is using a 3/4” B-sized Z Shadow Bead, but in the finished base trim, he wants a 1/2” reveal to seamlessly match the door jamb. Why? Well, floors are basically never 100 percent perfectly level, and inconsistencies in baseboards are common. By leaving a 1/4” overlap between the base trim and the B flange of his Z Shadow Bead, Brian is leaving room for error — with a 1/2” B size, you’d run the risk of leaving tiny gaps between the wall and the baseboards, allowing you to see right through the wall in spots.

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In cases like these, it always helps to learn from pros like the folks at Drywall Nation. Want to learn more about how to actually install Z Shadow Bead? This video from another drywall pro, PRC Taping, will come in handy!

With plenty of sizes and looks to choose between, you don’t have to look far to find where to use Z Shadow Bead for a sleek, stunning reveal detail of your own. Door jambs and baseboards are just the beginning — get a look at this bold bead for yourself by requesting a free sample, and find the perfect place to use it on your next jobsite.