Easiest spreading joint compound

Old 12-05-13, 03:21 PM
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Easiest spreading joint compound

What is your opinion on the type and brand of joint compound that is the easiest to spread. That is what is easiest on the arm and shoulder?
I use a lot of quickset mud but it spreads about like bubble gum. I want something that spreads like soft butter by comparison. It does not have to be a setting material

Thanks for the help.
Old 12-05-13, 03:33 PM
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Pure opinion only. I like the lightweight compound in 5 gallon pails. I mix about 3/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly with a hole hawg and mixing paddle. Really smooth.
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I don't use j/c often enough to have a firm opinion but thinning the j/c always seems to make it spread easier .... but then you already know that. Hate to say it but age is probably your biggest issue, maybe it's time to hire a helper
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Not sure about ease of spreading because it seems pretty much like every other mud I've used, however over the past year or so I've tried the 'dust control' stuff a handful of times.

It does work reasonably well in the sense that most of the dust does drop to ground during sanding. However, it's a pain for sanding. You have to really work at it. Much more so than regular drywall mud.

I have noticed quite a difference in brands of mud for ease of spreading though. One of the local Canadian chain stores has their own brand and it's wayyyy to thin. Almost like a thick soup! Good for some things, not for others.

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