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When to use ready mix drywall mud vs spackle


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10-04-15, 05:18 PM   #1  
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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10-04-15, 05:36 PM   #2  
Joint compound is fine. It will last until the next accident.

 
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10-04-15, 05:51 PM   #3  
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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10-05-15, 03:57 AM   #4  
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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10-05-15, 10:25 PM   #5  
Thanks to all posters. Thank you.

 
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01-18-16, 10:11 PM   #6  
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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01-19-16, 04:11 AM   #7  
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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