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When to use ready mix drywall mud vs spackle

When to use ready mix drywall mud vs spackle

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Old 10-04-15, 05:18 PM
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When to use ready mix drywall mud vs spackle

Hello.

I accidentally put a large size dent into the drywall and want to know would it be OK to use drywall mud (ready mix joint compound) or should I use spackle ? Will the unused (ready mix joint compound) outlast spackle ? The dent is not a hole that has penetrated through the drywall just a 3.5" in diameter dent.

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Old 10-04-15, 05:36 PM
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Joint compound is fine. It will last until the next accident.
 
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Old 10-04-15, 05:51 PM
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Spackle is only for tiny nail holes like where you hang a picture.
Use a 6' wide dry wall knife, going to take more then one coat, apply one coat let dry scrape with the knife, wipe off, apply another coat to fill in any low areas, only time you need to sand is the final coat.
Run you hand over the area to feel if it's smooth, no primer ir paint is going to fix flaws. Still feels rough, low or high area stop and sand or fill before priming. Make sure to prime and paint where it the repair is.
Do not use a primer in one!
 
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Old 10-05-15, 03:57 AM
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I don't know that one product will last longer than the other but as Joe said - spackling is for minor repairs and shouldn't be used if the damage is deep or wide. Do the walls have a texture?
 
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Old 10-05-15, 10:25 PM
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Thanks to all posters. Thank you.
 
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Old 01-18-16, 10:11 PM
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Hello one more question I've used spackle on a section (3" - 4") diameter area of the wall. This is before I knew that spackle is just for small holes caused by nails. The area of the wall needs more layering and my question is can I use regular joint compound over the existing layer of spackle ? Thanks
 
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Old 01-19-16, 04:11 AM
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Yes, you can apply j/c over the spackle. I would hit it with 80 grit sandpaper just to make sure any spackling that didn't adhere great would be removed.
 
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