Joint compound or otherwise known as drywall taping mud is a crucial tool that every professional dry liner uses. In simple terms, a jointing compound is defined as a white powdery material that will be mixed with water and then used to skim coat interior ceilings & walls of a house. Jointing compounds are also used as an alternative to traditional plastering methods. 

With the help of jointing compounds, you can easily hide seams along the walls, thereby making the walls ready for applying paint. In case you’re unaware, the jointing compound is very easy to apply, especially if you’re thinking about going the DIY route. 

What Type Of Joint Compound Should You Use?

According to a reliable company for interior plastering in Auckland, when you decide to use a joint compound, the first decision that you need to undertake is – whether you should use powdered joint compound or lightweight ready-mix joint compound. 

Even though ready-mix joint compounds can be expensive to purchase, they’re great for easy maintenance and quicker application. Moreover, ready-mix joint compounds are also more forgiving (when applied) than powdered joint compounds because they take a long period before drying. Hence, if you make any mistake, then the same can be rectified before the joint compound solidifies. 

We suggest using ready-mix joint compounds instead of powdered joint compounds, especially if you’re inexperienced with the application process. 

The Benefits Of Ready-Mix Joint Compounds

  • Helps in saving time since you don’t need any water supply during the mixing process.
  • Helps in saving money since the task will be completed quickly and you can start the next job right away. 
  • Helps in saving effort because ready-mix joint compounds are 30 per cent lighter than traditional plaster. 
  • Provides an excellent finish.
  • Doesn’t create much mess, hence less clean-up will be needed. 

How To Mix Powdered Joint Compound?

You must read the manufacturer’s label before mixing your joint compound because you need to find out how much water you need for the mix. Excessive water can quickly dilute the mixture. Alternatively, too little amount of water can make the compound too thick for application. 

If possible, try to mix the joint compound in a bucket. But, don’t fill the bucket to its brim because the joint compound along with water will splash out and create a bigger mess. Proceed to add only 1-2 gallons of joint compound and continue to add water as you mix. By following such a procedure, you’ll be able to use just the right amount of water. Do remember that you cannot take excess water out of the bucket. 


We suggest using a mixing paddle instead of using hands to properly mix the joint compound.