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Old 02-15-2011, 03:52 PM   #1
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Venitian plaster faux painting using drywall compound?


I wasn't sure if this should be posted under painting or drywall but we'll give it a try.

A few years ago I did a painting technique where I used drywall compound with a 6' knife over a whole bathroom in a venitian plaster type of effect that I want to try again. There were slight ridge marks left from the knife edges after I went over the whole room, then I painted with a base coat, then I did a color wash in a tint maybe 3 shades off from our base coat. Followed up with a clear glaze topcoat.
It really came out good, I wish I had some pictures. Now here's my question:

I know that I used drywall compound, but I was told to add something to it to make the drywall mud to be a little harder and not be so soft when it set up. Vinegar comes to mind, but I can't remember for sure anymore. Is this correct?
I usually use USG plus3 all purpose drywall compound (blue top pail), but maybe I would be better off with something like the green top stuff which is called out for taping if I remember correctly. Otherwise I could try the setting type 30 or 45 minute catalist type in small batches.

Would anyone have any suggestions?

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The setting compund will dry harder but you really want the 90 or even the 120 but the 120 is harder to find.

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The setting compund will dry harder but you really want the 90 or even the 120 but the 120 is harder to find.
Thanks Matthew, I know I'vee seen the 90 min for sure , never used it though. I will try that.
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Thanks Matthew, I know I'vee seen the 90 min for sure , never used it though. I will try that.
Are you using the brown bag or white bag? Brown bag should dry harder.
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