Tips for Applying Drywall Mud

What You'll Need
Drywall mud knife
Mud of proper consistency

Drywall mud can be frustrating to use, but with a bit of practice, you can become expert at it. Most tools involving the application of drywall mud are inexpensive to purchase at your local hardware store or home improvement center. Follow the simple tips below to ensure the best application.

Step 1: Proper Consistency

One of the most important things to remember when applying drywall mud is to be sure it is the proper consistency. Mud that comes pre-mixed in a plastic container is usually the correct thickness, but you may find you need to add a few drops of water to it. Don't add water until you have used your drywall mud knife or paint stirrer to stir and completely blend the product. You may find it is dryer and thicker on the bottom of the container.

If you are mixing mud yourself by adding water to the powdered form, it should be mixed to about the consistency of toothpaste. Mix until completely wet and smooth.

Step 2: Proper Applications

If you are applying drywall mud to nail holes or other holes, dip a bit onto the corner of the mud knife and force it into the opening. Then use the clean edge in one downward stroke to smooth it. Allow it to dry and either add another coat or sand smooth.

If applying mud to seams in drywall, start on the first coat by applying enough mud to cover the tape and extend about an inch on either side of the tape. On the next application, extend it to about 2 to 3 inches on either side of the tape. On the final application extend it to about 4 to 6 inches on either side of the tape. Sand smooth when dry.