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Old 02-22-2009, 09:39 AM   #1
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Why when I spackle and it drys do I get little tiny pin holes in it, what am I doing wrong? Also, what is the best and easiest spackle to use under paint when painting drywall?

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is this something you mixed yourself? seems to me you have air bubbles in it.

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No it is the ready mixed blue lid container from home depot!
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did you stir it up first? had it settled?

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Yes it was stirred before we used it.
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stir it again SLOWly and then 'thunk' the bucket on a cement or sturdy floor a bit to help release the air bubbles and try a small area again.

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How heavy are you applying it?? A couple of thinner coats is best, as opposed to trying to get it to cover in one coat. Different brands have different color lids....... Is it lightweight compound?? That generally tends to "crater" worse than regular ready mix. (And does not dry as hard.) Are you applying it over a painted surface?? It will tend to crater more on paint, especially a gloss paint. Really not much you can do in that case but sand and re-coat.
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bjb, you think it maybe should just be thinned first, and gently stirred? i'd think that would do it.
maybe still thump it a few times...just to release agression... -=chuckle=-

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I've just never really been a fan of the lightweight stuff in general. I think it's just "the nature of the beast" for it to crater. The few times I've used it (someone else furnishing material) thinning didn't seem to help. Really can't say I've tried your "thumping" strategy.......might work though. I use the old "squirt of dish detergent" method which seems to do ok. Main problem I found with lightweight is that it's softer than regular mud. You can scratch it easily.
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i guess that leaves it at a "hurry up and paint me" stage, eh?

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Yeah, pretty much. And again, to each his own. There are folks who swear by the lightweight mud.

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