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Transitioning Reveal Corner Beads Without Adapters

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A Reveal Corner Bead can add just a touch of magic to a room, making it look like your walls don't have corners at all. Not to be confused with an Architectural Reveal Bead (pictured, just to the right of our corner), the Reveal Corner Bead is a simple, "M"-shaped bead that can go a long way toward making your corners pop. We have, however, heard the same question from several contractors out there who love this bead as much as we do: how do you go about transitioning Reveal Corner Beads without adapters?

When your corner reveal butts up against a piece of trim or another 90-degree corner, you can ditch the adapters and still flawlessly finish these areas, saving on both material costs and labor. As opposed to filling that void with an adapter, simply snip and fold the Reveal Corner Bead — read on to see how it's done.

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Using a utility knife, score the edge of the mud leg that will butt up against your other corner, 1/2" from the bead's end.

Using a utility knife, score the mud leg of the Reveal Corner Bead 1/2" from the end.

Grab your snips, and along the scored line we just made, use them to snip the mud leg 1/2" from the end. Make one more snip to cleanly remove that portion of the mud leg. Start making the same snips for the bead's other mud leg, but don't make the final snip to remove it just yet.

Snip the mud leg 1/2" from the end when transitioning Reveal Corner Beads.

Now we will make our cut into the center of the Reveal Corner Bead, where we just need to snip off one half of that inner profile. To ensure a clean cut, score the center of the exposed surface of the Reveal Corner Bead and tear off the remaining mud leg.

Score the center of the exposed surface of the Reveal Corner Bead and tear off the remaining mud leg.

Now you should have just one, rectangular piece of vinyl jutting out from the rest of your corner bead. Now all you'll need to do is bend the exposed surface into place to transition Reveal Corner Beads without adapters.

Bend the exposed surface into place to transition Reveal Corner Beads without adapters.

Bend the exposed surface into place to transition Reveal Corner Beads without adapters.
This new cap we've fashioned to the edge of the corner bead will be all the protection you'll need. Simply butt the exposed surface up against the the adjoining surface for a smooth transition, no adapters needed. Apply a dab of caulk to fill the void as needed, but now just install the bead as you would any other vinyl corner bead — hit it with a spray of 847 Adhesive and apply staples every six to eight inches before mudding.

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Simply butt the exposed surface up against the corner bead for a smooth transition without an adapter and apply caulk to fill the void.

Transitioning Reveal Corner Beads without adapters isn't just possible — it really couldn't be simpler. Want to pull of a similar trick with this handy solution's cousin, the Architectural Reveal Bead? Hit the button below to read more!

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