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Can get the bubbles out of hand mixed Easy Sand 45

Can get the bubbles out of hand mixed Easy Sand 45

Old 03-30-21, 07:44 PM
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Question Can get the bubbles out of hand mixed Easy Sand 45

I am pretty experienced, for a DIYer, in drywall , joint compound, etc. I have been using the pre-mixed USG compound and have learned to further mix it to a silky smooth texture, with barely any bubbles when applying on the wall. Bought a new house, have some new projects, and wanted to shift to setting joint compound (aka hot mud) for the added strength, water resistance, etc.

I can't get the EasySand 45 to have an acceptable texture, even on my hawk. Bubbles, bubbles bubbles... More water, less water, more hand mixing, less hand mixing... bubbles. I have watched a bunch of youtube videos and still getting... bubbles (can even get it to me smooth on my hawk). Is that a common problem with hand mixing setting joint compound or is it just me? I have never struggles like that with pre-mixed. I have been hand mixing as the smaller quantities are adequate for the ~25 min working time I get.

Any suggestions, comments, solutions?
Old 03-31-21, 02:09 AM
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I almost always hand mix setting compounds in my mud pan. I don't recall ever getting air bubbles in it. With premixed mud, bubbles are often a product of mixing it too fast introducing air into the mix.

I like to use premix for the final coat of mud as it's easier to sand.
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Seems like sometimes aerated water makes the mix foam when the water is added. I just mix it and don't have problems with bubbles. I use a lot of five-minute mud and I have more problems with lumps than bubbles. If I use 20-minute mud I take a little more time to mix it and smooth the lumps out.
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You could also try getting a small paint mixer, put that on a cordless drill and mix it with that. If you get bubbles as you apply it, don't be overly worried about it as they will get filled in on the next coat.

I have heard of some guys putting a drop of dish soap in their mud but I'm not a believer in adding anything to it.

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