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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hey, Mr. "Joint Compound Won't Stick To Walls"

Not to freak anybody out or anything, but I happen to have noticed that someone found this blog this morning by googling the phrase "joint compound won't stick to walls." I followed up with google and discovered that the answer isn't really there. So, herewith (which seems to be my favorite word these days):

A Tip From Johnny:

Whoever you are, if you're still out there, Johnny says make sure you wash it first with a bleach solution (1/4 cup or so per gallon), let it dry completely, sand it well, then dust it off (a soft paintbrush will do the trick).

When you apply the joint compound, make sure you're using skim-thin coats. You'll have to do it, let it dry, then do it again at least twice, and maybe more if your walls are really bad. (Don't forget to sand in between -- but lightly, or you'll sand off all your hard work). If you try to make it cover in one coat then it will just fall off.

If you've already done all that, or if you do it now and it still falls off, leave a comment here and I'll ask him what to try next.

I'm about to embark on my first joint compounding experience any minute now, so--hey...

You don't think that was me, googling myself from the future, do you?

(Ooh, hey, PS -- Johnny reminds me that the above advice only goes for old walls, walls that have been painted at least once already. If you've got new, unblemished blueboard, for god's sake don't wash or sand it! And in that case, if it won't stick, then all he can think is that you're slathering it on too thick.)

1 comment:

EGE said...

PPS Johnny says if it STILL won't stick then the walls are probably greasy -- or sometimes a build-up of nicotine has the same effect -- in which case you want to wash with DirtEx (I just looked it up and discovered that it comes in a spray, but I've never known Johnny to use anything but the powder, and you can trust that if that's what he uses then there's a good reason).