When you want a job done right, you need the right tools – and materials – for the job. Sheetrock joint compound – also known to some as sheetrock mud – is a high performance product that is popularly known as a multi-tasker. It’s used for embedding joint tape as well as finishing gypsum panel joints. It’s also commonly used as a hand-applied simple texturing method.
Sheetrock joint compound is also good for repairing cracks in indoor masonry and plaster that is not exposed or vulnerable to moisture. It comes in two forms: a ready-mixed formulation and an easy-to-mix powder. Using a joint compound means getting the job done more quickly and easily and creates a smoother finish. It saves you money because it can be done so easily that labor hours are reduced.
Makes Smooth Results Easy
Do-it-yourself jobs can be tricky at the best of times. Products that make life easier are always welcome, particularly if they don’t mean compromising on a job well done. Sheetrock joint compound ensures excellent results with its smooth, easy to apply formulation and long-lasting durability.
Thanks to the versatility offered by the ready-mixed and the easy-to-mix preparations, it’s possible to use sheetrock joint compound in varying dilutions. Sometimes you may need to thin it or thicken it according to the job at hand and this is possible with the easy-to-mix product. However, the ready-mixed preparation means you can do away with having to mix for extended periods and having to retemper the solution if not all used up.
Always follow directions
All chemical compounds deserve respect and attention. Never skip the instructions because they contain important safety considerations. When using sheetrock joint compound, you must take all necessary precautions and wear gloves and eye protection while applying it.
Remember, you only need to apply sheetrock joint compound in a very thin layer – about 1/8” thick – right along the seam of the wall. This performs as an adhesive for your joint tape which is applied next. Be sure to use a non-adhesive tape, of course!
Press the tape firmly down with a joint knife. It’s normal for a bit of sheetrock joint compound to seep out the sides of the tape because with it, come any air bubbles that are not welcome and that ruin the smooth finish.
Allow the sheetrock joint compound and tape to drive for 24 hours and then sandpaper with a fine grade paper to create a smooth surface. Cut any rogue scraps of tape with a sharp utility knife. Now you can set about painting with primer or applying fresh wallpaper.
Sheetrock joint compound can also be used as an economical alternative to texturing products. It can be applied as a texture coating on wallboard and plaster ceilings and walls.
You can actually use sheetrock joint compound to repair chipped plaster, to fill in indentations or knotholes in walls or to repair damage. Since it’s so versatile and inexpensive, it’s a great idea to keep a small can around for jobs that crop up.
Being able to use sheetrock joint compound for a variety of applications is another welcome feather in your DIY cap. Practice on a mock-up joint before using it where it will be visible. The more practice you get, the easier you’ll find to achieve smooth, undetectable results. A job done well is a job well done.
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