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can i wait weeks between coats of drywall joint compound?

Old 10-06-13, 08:28 PM
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can i wait weeks between coats of drywall joint compound?


i am new to taping drywall seams and have done a fair amount of internet searching and youtubing to get as much info as i can before i start. my question is, can i tape my seams with the first coat of joint compound and then wait multiple weeks before adding the second and third (and possibly 4th or 5th) coat of joint compound? I will be using paper tape and USG all purpose joint compound (green lid) for the first coat to imbed the tape and the lightweight all purpose (blue lid) for subsequent coats. I want to get started on the project ASAP but am curious if there will be a problem with me waiting 1-3 weeks between coats (brothers wedding, out of town for work etc is the reason for the large gap). Thanks for reading and thanks for the help!

Old 10-06-13, 08:38 PM
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Not going to hurt anything as long as it's not in a bathroom or kitchen that's being used.
Why not hire it out and it would be done in 3 days or less if a real sheet rock pro does it.
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Regular j/c is water soluble so as long it doesn't get wet [high humidity can also be an issue] there shouldn't be an issue. If the mud gets dirty in the mean time - a quick sanding will clean it up and prevent any adhesion issues.

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