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Old 11-20-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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Drywall mud 2nd, 3rd coats


After the first coat of mud do I use the same mud (premixed) and thin it out? On the last coat do I use finishing mud?

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The green lid mud is used for taping & primary mudding. Blue lid mud can be used for final coat(s), but doesn't have to be.

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I just did my first major drywall job in my basement. I used the purple lid the whole way through. I can't imagine that the other "types" of compound would make that much of a difference. I'd say use the same, like I did, so you don't end up with 2 or 3 different types of "leftovers" in the end. Just 1 partial bucket.
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If you are going use just one, use "all purpose". The lid color usually depends on the brand. Do not set tape with anything marked strictly for topping and finishing. USG/Sheetrock brand mud with the green lid is an all purpose and is the old stand by for a lot of guys. Purple lid is a mid-weight and Blue lid is a light-weight. LaFarge has a couple more colors. Proform's colors are not all the same. Read the label, not just the lid color.
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