A few months ago, I wrote about some Ames taping tools that are great for painting. Today I would like to share with you some Ames taping tools that are great for mudding! Click the link below to find out more.
Mudding is a term used when applying joint compounds over drywall seams. It is considered mud because it often looks messy and dirty before it dries, hence the name “mud”. This type of drywall finishing has several benefits compared to traditional drywalling. One of these advantages is lower cost – there’s no need for water or tape on your joints! The best part? Most people can learn how to mud in less than an hour by simply following this tutorial.
After learning how to mud, you’ll need to invest in a few Ames taping tools that will allow you to work more efficiently and produce cleaner results. Below I’ve listed the essential tools for applying mud over drywall seams:
1. Mud pan when it comes to using a mud pan, the best action is taking no action at all! The less mixing and pouring of your compound you do, the better. If possible, try to use a pre-mixed bucket of compounds with a lid…some people even recommend purchasing premix only because it might be cheaper than buying separate components. Try out both methods and see which works best for you!
2. Sanding Block After the mud has dried, use a sanding block (or simply your hand) to smooth out any bumps or ridges left behind by your taping knife.
3. Taping Knife Your taping knife is arguably the most important Ames taping tool for mudding because it allows you to spread mud over drywall seams evenly and with great precision. The best knife for applying mud is one that feels right in your hands; make sure you keep this in mind during your purchase.
4. Sponge If you find yourself struggling with excess compound pooling along each joint, try using a damp sponge to wipe away excess compound before it dries completely. This method is much easier than using a wet rag because you won’t risk smearing the compound into your seams. I recommend purchasing an extra sponge to use when you’re applying mud, and to use your old one when you’re finished for easy clean-up!
5. Taping Sponge A taping sponge is different from a standard bathroom variety in that it has distinct ridges cut into its surface. When applied over drywall seams, these ridges help produce smooth results without resorting to sanding. Plus, they are reusable – simply rinse off with water after every application!
6. Ridge Knife For beginners, Ames taping tools like the ridge knife are great options because they are easy to use and flexible enough to follow almost any shape. This is a great Ames taping tool for creating decorative effects, such as rounded corners and bullnose drywall joints.
7. Joint Compound There are different types of joint compounds on the market–all designed for slightly different applications and results! For example, if you’re looking for a mud that dries white, I recommend buying a ready-mixed joint compound instead of a pre-mixed bucket because it will take longer to dry.
If you want your mud to be sandable immediately after application, go with the pre-mixed version so you don’t have to wait hours before sanding. The best thing about ready-mixed joint compound? It often comes with self-leveling properties, which means you won’t need to spend extra money on additives like leveling additive or taping additive!
Finally, don’t forget about the all-important Ames taping tools checklist before you begin any drywall finishing project–it’s an essential part of your mud job’s success!
8. Sanding Block Using a sanding block after applying mud is critical to producing smooth results. If need be, invest in an additional one just for this purpose to avoid cross-contamination between your compound and exterior coats.
9. Taping Tool For beginners, I recommend buying a taping tool that has two separate pieces: one for applying mud over seams, and the other for taping off drywall edges. These Ames taping tools are great because they’re incredibly easy to use!
10. 5″ Knife For professional results, I recommend using a knife with a larger blade (5 inches or so) to evenly spread your compound over drywall seams. Plus, you can go back and flatten out any ridges left behind by your taping tool after applying mud.
11. Flat-Pack Taping Tool Finally, if you’re watching your budget but still want all of these ames taping tools in one simple package, try buying an Ames taping tool like this one that has both the flat packer and the beaded edge included!
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how to use a ridged knife for drywall finishing. My wall after it’s been taped, notice the ridges? I should have used a wider knife and also put some joint compound on my sponge. Only one coat of mud. Notice I didn’t even bother sanding anything yet! I’m using the ready-made mud, it dries white in about 4 hours or so or overnight if you don’t use this type of compound mixing with water is not recommended because then you will get lumps in your mud cause the water will cause it to separate.
My wall after being sanded, I did this so long ago…
Some tools of the trade. Standard drywall kneeboard, I’ve got a few of these for different size knives and such. It’s just made out of foam core board. You can find it at any art or craft store I know that hobby lobby has them too.
Ridge knife and flat packer tool on the left and beaded edge tool on the right.
4-inch knife and 1/2 inch beader are also for sale in my Etsy or Amazon shop! Check it out:
Okay so back to how this goes, you need mud that dries white or off white I used a pre-mixed kind that was ready to go and self-leveling which means it didn’t take long to dry at all and I did not use any additives like leveling additive or taping additive, but these are options if you want your mud to dry faster and not leave ridges as mine did! After using the flat packer tool (which by the way, you can get at any Ames hardware store) I then went over the seams with a wider knife.
Now here is my amateur mistake! Since I was in a hurry to get this done before classes started again up at school, I didn’t bother cleaning off my sponging tool because it had mud on it from when I made sure no bare paper showed through after applying the first coat of drywall mud. So when I went back to apply another coat of mud… there were chunks of old dried-out mud all over my wall!! Ughhhh T_T
I ended up scraping away all the chunks but there are still some remnants left behind that won’t sand well so oh well. You win.