Does the entire metal corner bead get covered with mud or should corner itself remain exposed but the rest of the metal get covered?
The actual corner should not be covered with compound, and this happens almost naturally, by the time you get down sanding the compound that's covering the sides of the bead there generally isn't enough compound left on the corner to worry about. Never the less I always wipe down the corner with a wet rag to remove any remaining compound. Paint will cover it no problem.
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