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    New to taping and jointing so wondering what is the best compounds to use

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    I cant actually answer your question but heres my 2p worth.

    The most popular 3 are British Gypsum, Lafarge and Knauf. In my opinion, I didn't rate rate them the best gear, they were just more readily available at the bigger merchants.

    Not many others brands got a sniff with the big merchants but I always liked walls and ceilings stuff as it was easy to sand. USGblue lid compound was good but sadly USG are no more here as they were taken over by Knauf. Who knows perhaps Knauf kept the same ingredients but changed the tub? I'll never know as I gave the job up a while back.

    It may be worth giving Belmore Tools a bell? Or send a message to Belmoreboyasking for a sample or more info on the Wondertex and Freemans taping compounds as I rarely got to use that stuff.

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    Thanks mate. I use jointing filler for bedding tapes in and the 1st coat then I use easyfill to finish of but don't know if this is the correct way

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    Are you not using tools? As long as you bear in mind its not good practice to put a setting compound over an air drying one as it will flake off over time you should be ok.

    On flat surfaces and depending on job conditions and specs I would apply 1 coat fast set compound and 2 joint cements, or 3 coats joint cement.

    On small private jobs I needed finished quickly I would use 2 coats of 45 minute set easi fill plus 1 coat joint cement.

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    Might be stupid here but what is joint cement as I can't find it anywhere haha

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    Joint cement is the material that air dries. You can run this stuff through your tools and boxes, it comes in bags or tubs and is definitely not the stuff that sets in 45 and 90 minutes.

    Click the links below for an example, they are not what I would use because of the price though.

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    Yeah they do seem a bit pricey what would you recommend for the finish coat?

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    I personally can't see past gypsum promix lite,,

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    Hey Stuart, no heard from you for a while. You still rammed pal?
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    Aye big man,, busy enough, rates still rubbish but it pays the bills ��

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    Amestaper answered this one spot on - the big 3 mentioned - but many more as good if not better in the market and often cheaper
    FREEMANS is probably the most popular we sell followed by knauf fill and finish blue lid (formerly usg sheetrock plus3 ) the formulation is pretty much the same slightly heaver compound but still as easy to sand
    prices as of today 9.35 per box (18kg) for freemans 14.50 for fill and finish light -

    All + vat and delivery - single tubs and boxes 5.75 per itenm delivered psallet delivery starts from 40 all next working day

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