Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: The Very Tip of Lake Michigan
I've never had much luck with the smoothing tools. Cutting the nozzle to the widest gap to fill (or slightly larger) will result in a straight line the length of the job.
I also try to push the bead instead of pulling. When pulling backwards I cannot see how much goo is coming out of the nozzle. By pushing I keep, and can see, a very small amount of material in front of the line. Much easier for me to regulate the puddle and forego thin and thick patches along the line.
Your results might vary. I will admit that even though it's not that hard to do, I still don't like to do it!
Another $000,000,000.02 worth of advice,