If you’re using powdered drywall mud, also called quick setting or hot mud, you’ll need to add water and mix to the perfect consistency.
It’s essential to follow the directions on your package and not mix up more than you’ll need. Powdered muds are usually quick setting, so if you mix up too much, your mud could go bad before you even use it.
Again, since powdered drywall muds can have different directions, you must follow the ones on your package.
Step 1: Add Water to Your Bucket and Compound
Read the directions on your package. Then, add the appropriate amounts of cold water and compound to your bucket.
Make sure the water is cold and clean – don’t use well water.
Step 2: Mix Together
Mix the compound and water with your drill and mixing paddle until it reaches the perfect consistency.
If it’s too thick, add a little more water. If it’s too thin, add a bit more powder.
How to Mix Small Batches of Hot Drywall Mud
Unless you’re working with a crew or have a lot of experience, mixing large batches of hot mud isn’t practical. Because most of the time, it will start to set it up before you can use it all.
Instead, mix smaller batches. You’ll need a drywall pan instead of a bucket.
Here’s what to do.
Step 1: Add Clean Cold Water to Your Drywall Pan
Start by adding cold, clean water to your drywall pan. Refer to your package to see the ratio of water and powder you’ll need.
Step 2: Mix with Your Drywall Knife
Now take a six-inch drywall knife and mix using a chopping motion. Turn the mud over as you go to incorporate the bottom portion.
If the mud isn’t mixing well, add a touch more water. Always use clean cold water and err on the side of using too little rather than too much.
Step 3: Mix Until There are No Lumps
Once you have the right consistency, keep mixing until there are no dry lumps in the compound. You’ll need to work fast, so the mud doesn’t set up on you.
Drywall mud needs to be at the proper consistency. It should look similar to sour cream but slightly thinner for taping.
You can thin out premixed mud by adding a little water and mixing with a paddle attachment. Remember to start slow – it’s better to add too little water than too much.
If you’re using hot mud, you need to follow the directions on the package.