Choosing The Best Type Of Drywall Mud

Drywall mud is also named as joint compound. It consists of a paste which is made up of gypsum and it is used to fill the corners in the spaces which are left in drywall. It is also used for repairing cracked areas and holes in drywall. There are basically four types of drywall mud and each of them has their own pros and cons. Now it’s upon you which one you tend to choose according to your use.

Gib Fixing For All Purposes

An all-purpose compound is a mixture and used as a pre-work. It is sold in buckets and boxes. It can be used in all type of finishing when it is related to drywall. It can be used in fixing joint tape, sometimes as filler and finishing coat. Sometimes it is also used for texturing and skim coating.  All-purpose drywall mud is lightweight. Moreover, its drying time is slow due to which it’s easy to work with it. Although it is not as strong as compared to other types of drywall mud.

Topping Compound

Once the first two coats have been applied to the drywall joint, then topping compound comes into play. Topping compound doesn’t shrink much due to which it is smooth and has very strong bonds between them. It is in majority sold as a dry powder and needs to be mixed with water when it has to be used. It is not that much convenient as compared to premixed compound, although it allows a person to mix it according to its need. It is a matter of fact that dry powder tends to last more when compared to a premixed compound.

Taping Compound

All type of compounds are designed for different purposes and a taping compound is basically designed to get rid of plaster cracks. It can be used on most any crack whether it should be around a door or something near a window and all that. It is also referred to the best option for laminating drywalls and n sometimes in multi-layer. As its name suggests, a taping compound is best for fixing joint tape as the earliest phase in finishing drywall mud.

Gib Fixing – Quick-Setting Compound

Sometimes it depends on the contractor or the residents whether they have the time or not. Sometimes when the time is not an issue the above-mentioned muds can be great. Whereas when the time is an issue quick-setting compound is best providing the same thing in much less time. It is also used to fill cracks and holes. Some areas are covered with high humidity but this is not an issue for hot mud (quick setting compound). It is designed to work well in these damp conditions. It also requires to be mixed with water and applied immediately and stopping any delay as it is done by chemical reaction. But it is recommended to read and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations before use as it can differ sometimes. There is not a specific time range, it ranges from around five minutes to approximately ninety minutes. One should never forget that the formulas with lightweight are comparatively easier to sand.

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