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Old 09-12-2011, 08:25 AM   #1
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Can I dilute pre mix drywall mud for a more / better paste mixture ?

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Old 09-12-2011, 04:20 PM   #2
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I'm a DIY'r myself, but I used 14 five gallon buckets in my basement over the last 6 months and I added about 16 ounces to each five to thin it a bit. Just be sure to mix well.

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Old 09-12-2011, 04:28 PM   #3
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Can I dilute pre mix drywall mud for a more / better paste mixture ?
Yes but remember: The more water you add the more shrink you will get when it dries.
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Thinning mud is common practice among drywallers. It allows for a smoother pull. I always add a cup or two of water to my 5 gal buckets, as well as pouring a bit on the top when storing. When I go to use again, I just mix the water on the top into the mud. And Bud is correct, the more water you add the more it will shrink.
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Oh amen - I add 2 oz of water to my drywall tray.

I HATE the default thickness of the mud - this 'peanut butter' thing doesn't work for me. I like toothpaste, the messier the better.

A note, though - old drywall doesn't like this so much, sometimes - and neither does already existing paint (like if you're mudding a wall and you get some on the ceiling) - so take more caution.
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i get boxes of mud(the mud i prefer doesnt come in a bucket) i take a sanding sponge and dunk it in my cleaning bucket and squeeze it into the box of mud and repeat 2 more times to make getting the mud of the bag 1000times easier. theres a trick to getting it out of the bag and into a bucket without hardly any waste but thats top secret. then i mix the mud with my drill for a couple minutes.
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i get boxes of mud(the mud i prefer doesnt come in a bucket) i take a sanding sponge and dunk it in my cleaning bucket and squeeze it into the box of mud and repeat 2 more times to make getting the mud of the bag 1000times easier. theres a trick to getting it out of the bag and into a bucket without hardly any waste but thats top secret. then i mix the mud with my drill for a couple minutes.
There is zero difference in box mud versus bucket mud.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:58 PM   #9
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i know there is no difference but i like to use the cgc all purpose light the red label box. i dont believe it comes in a bucket atleast i've never seen it. i wish it came in bucket and dont understand why they dont, all other cgc kinds like dust control, the blue label, green label all come in buckets or boxes. if it does exist no store in my area carries it.

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