Spackle, or joint compound, fills the joints between sections of drywall and fills in holes and depressions on the surface of the drywall itself. The result is a smooth, even finish that's ready for paint or wallpaper. For a custom textured finish, mix spackle with the paint color of your choice. If you combine it in the proper proportions, the mixture can be skimmed on like plaster, rolled on like paint and texturized in ways limited only by your imagination.
Things You'll Need
- Spackle knife
- 4.5 gallon container of joint compound
- 6 gallon pail or larger with tight-fitting lid
- Power drill with paddle attachment
- 1 gallon latex paint
Use the spackle knife to scoop about one-quarter of the spackle from its container and place it in the large pail.
Pour about one-quarter of the paint into the large pail.
Work the drill paddles into the paint and spackle mixture in the large pail. Turn the drill on. Mix the spackle and paint at a low speed until it's well combined.
Add the rest of the spackle and paint in roughly proportionate increments. Mix thoroughly after each addition, until the color is even throughout.
Mix additional spackle compound and paint according to a ratio of one and one-eighth part spackle to one part paint.
Store any unused mixture in an airtight container to help it retain its moisture.