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3.5 qt. All Purpose Ready-Mixed Joint Compound

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  • Versatile joint compound for all drywall finishing steps
  • Excellent for skim coating
  • Best-in-class for embedding tape
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Product Details

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Professional Performance

Versatile all purpose joint compound providing outstanding professional-grade performance.

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Easy To Work With

Smooth working, has excellent open time and produces a strong bond and hard finished surface.

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Multipurpose

Excellent for all drywall finishing steps including embedding tape, filling, and skim coating.

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Minor Patching Repairs

Sand repair area and fill with joint compound. Let harden. Add second coat if necessary. Sand and prime when dry.

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Embedding Joint Tape

Fill seams with compound. Apply tape, smooth onto compound with taping knife. Spread thin second coat on top of tape.

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Covering Fasteners

To determine if fasteners are seated, draw clean knife over each. If metallic ring occurs, carefully drive fastener below surface.

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Finishing Tip

Use fine-grit sanding block to prevent digging into compound. Avoid roughening surface paper. (Repair roughening with small amount of compound.)

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Preferred By Pros

The Sheetrock Brand sets the industry standard for the highest-quality and best-performing finishing products.

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Consistent Finish

Formulated for a smooth consistency, USG ready-mixed compounds are essentially free of crater-causing air bubbles.

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Designed For You

Offering the industry’s broadest selection, USG finishing solutions are specifically designed to meet your needs.

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Made In USA

USG manufactures joint compound in 17 locations across the U.S.

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ASTM Compliant

Meets ASTM C475, Standard Specification for Joint Compound and Joint Tape for Finishing Gypsum Board

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GREENGUARD Gold Certified

Achieved GREENGUARD Gold Certification and qualifies as a low VOC emitting material (meets CA 01350).

USG Sheetrock Brand All Purpose Joint Compound is the original, most-trusted conventional weight all purpose, ready-mixed joint compound for all phases of drywall finishing. Use for repairing cracks on drywall and plaster, embedding USG Sheetrock Brand Paper Joint Tape, and applying drywall filling and finishing coats. May also be used for covering fasteners and USG Sheetrock Brand Corner Bead and Trim, skim coating drywall surfaces, and hand-applying simple textures. USG ready-mixed joint compounds are preferred for consistently high-quality work. Superior formulations are premixed to a creamy, smooth consistency and are essentially free of crater-causing air bubbles. They may be used in hand or machine-tool applications and offer excellent slip, bond, and easy workability.
  • Pre-mixed compound for minimal mixing, thinning, and retempering
  • Superior filling and finishing
  • Provides top-quality bond and hard finish surface
  • GREENGUARD Gold certified for low-emitting performance
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  • California residents

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Specifications

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Questions & Answers

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Q:Hello How do I store this mud if there's a remaining excess and how long it would stay useable? Thank you
by|Nov 21, 2022
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A:  Thank you for your inquiry. . Ready mix joint compounds have a shelf life of 9 months from the production date stamped on the carton or bucket. Always check the dates to make sure you are purchasing the freshest compound. We do not recommend using any compound that is discolored or foul smelling. When you open the compound mix the entire contents and then only remove what you think you will need for the project. Make sure that your tools are clean. Repeatedly inserting the drywall knife in the original container will contaminate the joint compound. When you are finished do not return any compound back to the original container. Cover the remaining compound in the original bucket with approximately 1" of clean water and replace the lid. Store at room temperature. When you open the lid for your next project pour off the water before remixing the compound. This will reduce the chance of mold growing on the compound. Thanks for choosing USG products.

by|Jan 13, 2023
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    Q:Is it good to use as bas-relief on the wall?
    by|Oct 23, 2022
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    A:  Carol Thank you for your inquiry. Ready mix joint compounds can be applied up to 1/8" thick and setting type joint compounds can be applied up to 1/4" thick. If your design is thicker than 1/8" we do not recommend using ready mix joint compounds. Hope this helps.

    by|Oct 25, 2022
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      Q:Do you need to add water to this all purpose drywall mud?
      by|Oct 3, 2022
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      A:  No

      by|Oct 7, 2022

        A:  No, you just use it as-is.

        by|Oct 10, 2022

          A:  No

          by|Oct 9, 2022
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            Q:Could I apply this all purpose joint compound to rigid foam insulation, thinly and then press a stencil in it to create a textured look? I want to use this in a she-shed for a pretty looking ceiling & insulation between the wood 2x4s on the ceiling
            by|Sep 4, 2022
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            A:  Deb Thank you for your inquiry. USG joint compound has not been tested over rigid foam insulation. We cannot recommend this application.

            by|Nov 30, 2022
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              Good brand. I have been using it for years and...
              Good brand. I have been using it for years and it is always been good
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              Smooth and easy
              First time I’ve ever used joint compound and I fell in love. Goes on smoothly. The container helps it to not dry out. I’ve currently had mine open and have been using a week, still soft, no hard spots. Wait 24 hours, light sand and it’s a perfect wall.
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              . No dry ! Perfect quality and easy to use. You need only a small portion and easy to apply.
              . No dry ! Perfect quality and easy to use. You need only a small portion and easy to apply.
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              Perfect for repairing garage ceiling. Actually this is very smooth and would work anywhere. Garag...
              Perfect for repairing garage ceiling. Actually this is very smooth and would work anywhere. Garage ceiling is having issues - it's 40 years old and was poorly installed with nails, and sloppy joint treatment. So needed to replace several sections and I am inserting screws and re-taping and then covering the joints. This compound spreads easily, no dripping and is hiding the tape and screws with minimal thickness applied. Several areas are tight around where the garage door rails attach. This compound is easy to use in these tight areas with little mess. It spreads where I what it. I am letting it dry over night. Still have a lot to do before painting.
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              Easy sanding and appies smoothly works great never have had a problem with there mud in any way yet
              Easy sanding and appies smoothly works great never have had a problem with there mud in any way yet
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              I like the packaging. When using smaller quantities, good to use the bucket. The product in a p...
              I like the packaging. When using smaller quantities, good to use the bucket. The product in a plastic bag in a box means later use will result in dried pieces falling back into the product. But with the bucket it all stays fresh, without any "trash" being introduced into the product.
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              Easy to apply for beginners, nice finish ...
              Easy to apply for beginners, nice finish
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              It’s a very good product used by countless number of contractors and homeowners.
              It’s a very good product used by countless number of contractors and homeowners.
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              I generally purchase 5 Gallon buckets of joint compound, but my present project has moved to the ...
              I generally purchase 5 Gallon buckets of joint compound, but my present project has moved to the finished stages. I love the 3.5 qt. quantity -- everything stays nice and fresh, it's convenient to move about, and the little bucket is wide enough for a 5" trowel. This compound has a perfect viscosity, dries very hard, and sands without much dust. It is easy to obtain an absolutely smooth finish.
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