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Old 03-27-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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Right Mud To Use


Got a few questions for you guys: What is the right mud to use for each coat?
I have used the mud from Lowes and HD in the green bucket and the blue bucket. Is this good or not? should I add water or not?
One other question: When I apply the tape to a joint and then come back a little later often times I will get what looks like a bubble of air in the tape. If I let it dry it will not be adhered to eh drywall, and I will cut that small piece out and reapply a small piece of tape and mud over it. Is this correct, and how do I avoid that happening?
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:27 AM   #2
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Corner beads - sandable 90. All other work I only use 'Machine Mud'.

Comes by the box, IMO it's the best mud you can buy. Sometimes, I'll add a little water. eg. for paper tape. Dump the mud from the box into a pail, and mix.

Another tip is to run the paper tape through some water. I just cut off the length I need, dip it into a pail of water, and pull it out while running it through two fingers to get rid of the excess water.

I usually use mesh on the flats. and paper in the corners. I also mesh tape all the corner beads.

If it's a large job, I hire a tapper.

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Is mesh not hard to work with on corners??

I have gotten to like the bought bead for outside corners. I have also wet paper in some cases before applying it. I always add a little water or soap to my mud. I especially like to add a little Dawn to my finish coat.
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I generaly use "USG green" to bed tape and blue after that. as for adding water is very minimal if any. i was tuaght if you have to dilute it then then dont do tape as it effexts the logevity. the saving 15 minutes on a job that ruins it in a year kinda thing. I used to have a helper who would add water when he taped and I could always tell he could out linear me in a day but time it was said and done i had less time in the finished prodict since less coats and sanding

beware tho not all mud is good the cheaper are chinese and I tried 1 box and it had boulders in it and didnt adhere well at all, I let a Ho go get a box of mud and he went to Blowes and thats all they had that day, Luckily i spotted the problem before texture (still cost hours to R&R)
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Is mesh not hard to work with on corners??

I have gotten to like the bought bead for outside corners. I have also wet paper in some cases before applying it. I always add a little water or soap to my mud. I especially like to add a little Dawn to my finish coat.
Mesh sucks in corners IMO,,, i dont like mesh in corners at all.
Also IMO it is not intended for corners either.
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Btw, I like the green top for bedding and second coat, blue lid for finish. Last mudding I did, I used black lid. Noy sure about the name of it. Not sure if it was me or the mud, but I was not fully satisfied with the end result.
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green has more "glue" good for tapping red is very smooth awesome for finnish coats blue is middle of the road.. no dust type is good for jobs requiring low dust but harder to finnish. water help to make it workable.
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I get a different answer from every drywaller on what mud to use. One of them I talked to who had been doing it a long time recommended the All Purpose Lite for everything. It is strong enough for the first coats and it is sandable for your finished coats. So that's what I have been sticking with and it's worked pretty good.


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