Can I use joint compound on my ceramic tile

by Purita

Hi,

I'm wondering if I can use joint compound to cover the grout lines on my bathroom tile.

Once the tile is covered in compound I would like to paint it in a Tuscan Theme.

Should I do this and if so how would I prepare the tile prior to applying the joint compound followed by the paint.

Also, after painting should I seal the paint with a top coat since it is a bathroom.

Thank you.

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Venetian plaster stain.

by Sonja

Help! I am in a bit of doooo-it yourself hot water right now. I am
helping my mom re-do her house and doing some faux finishes for her.

I applied a venetian plaster faux finish in her kitchen (bought the stuff in the faux finish aisle at Lowe's---primed the wall, 1 coat of tinted base coat and then two coats of plaster---plus the accompanying sealer). I followed all the manufacturer's directions...and the walls looked fabulous.

Here's the rub: my mom was putting lemon oil on her oak table and splashed some on the wall---it soaked into the wall and left stains. Now she wants me to fix it, but I am not sure how....anything applied over the stain--I expect the oil will just bleed thru again.

Do I sand it out, do the whole over again, what? And how do I protect the walls from similar incidents--I thought the sealer did that--but apparently not.

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Mudding and peeling paint

My husband has been trying to repair the mudding that we have on the ceiling and walls. It has been breaking off.

What should we do. We also have paint that is peeling off of ceilings What is causing this.

Help please.

Hi,

I'm assuming that your using the proper mud for the job and without actually seeing the surface I would guess that your having a moisture problem.

Such moisture could be from the roof or a pipe leaking (past or present). Excessive humidity can also be the issue depending on the circumstance.

Paint that peels while leaving the previous application of paint behind is mostly do to improper surface preparation.

On the the other-hand, paint that peels right down to the drywall or plaster usually means that there is moisture getting in behind the drywall or plaster itself (leak, or excessive humidity).

Keep in mind to that older drywall or plaster (depending on who made it) can, over time, start to break down. Older plaster is especially notorious for having issues due to improper manufacturing or mixing.

You will more than likely need to insure there are no leaks or that you do not have a high humidity situation. Once that's done and if all looks well re-plaster or re-boarding/mudding the surface may be your only alternative.

Regards,
Shawn.


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Should I have used setting compound

by Nathan

Hi,

Just found your site and read your guide on taping. I've done two drywall projects so far. The first time I used fibreglass tape with setting compound on the first coat for all of the recessed joints and butt joints. No issues 2 years later.

Now on my second project, after many mixed opinions, I decided to just use regular mud for the first coat. The results are great, only had a few small cracks show up around a door frame right off the bat which I corrected.

I noticed in your tutorial that you do not mention setting compound, just to use a "good layer of mud (an 1/8th of an inch thick, or so)". What is you opinion on using regular mud for the initial coat? I'm 2.5 months in, walls are primed, a bit late to go back and switch compound now.

Some people online say it will crack for sure but I have friends with 10 year old basement projects that skipped the setting compound and have no cracks at all so not sure who to believe.

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Tiny holes in drywall mud

by Kim

I like your website and use it often for ideas and I am hoping you can help me with an issue I am having.

The basement was finished by the former owner and the walls had already been painted when I moved in but the walls are horrible looking because all the
joints are huge bulges and now I am trying to use the drywall compound to even the wall out.

I have been using a drywall compound called Synko, dust control, to repair the lousy joint seams on my basement walls.

The problem is that in some of the areas I keep getting tiny holes showing up after the compound has dried. A layer of priming made them show up even more and
then when I used more compound, more holes showed. I keep going in circles.

Why are the holes showing up? What am I doing wrong?

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How to fix mudded drywall
that has no tape

by Bill

What I have is this. The contractor was run off, he didn't bother to tape. He just put globs of mud over the nails neglecting to skim it smooth.

I have to remove all this stuff so I can tape and bed. What's the easiest way to get this off? Wet the mud so as to use a trowel to get it off?

Will it hurt the underlying sheetrock?

Help.

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