I use a work light when I texture, sand or paint walls. Set to shine on the wall at an angle, it creates shadows and illuminates flaws.
It allows me to see what I would otherwise only notice months later, while sitting on the couch enjoying a cold root beer float and trying to admire my work, when the sun shines in a certain window at just the right angle and BAM, there is a big drip, roller line, glob of joint compound, ect.
It doesn’t have to be a gargantuan light, like the one I have. You could use a small clip on or hanging light — if you have something to clip or hang it onto.
Or a small light that sits on the floor. The key is to position it so it shines at an angle on the wall you’re working on. You might be surprised at the difference it makes. What looks like a perfect finish without the light suddenly looks like the craters on the moon.
Better to see those flaws sooner than later! Plus, it’s fun to make wacky shadows on the wall while you work!
*I also use a work light (shining at an angle) on large, flat wood surfaces that I’m building. During the sanding, painting or staining process, the same concept applies: illuminate the flaws so you can remove them, check for level and make sure it’s smooth.
See, a simple work light really is a workshop – must have. 🙂