Thank you. There are no bubbles and all the tape seems covered and not dried out. I know there will be more coats needed to make it smooth.Looks like you have your first coat. It does take some practice. What you want to do on the first pass is have enough drywall compound under the tape to make sure that it is completely stuck. You do not want any air pockets or missing areas that will not stick. I don't see that you missed any, but it is impossible to tell from the picture.
The pre-mix does usually need to be thinned a little bit, at a minimum, to compensate for whatever water evaporated from the mix while the thing was sitting on the shelf. Note also that those things have roughly a ~1 year *optimum* shelf life from production date (see at the bottom of the bucket). I used it even after several years and its works, at least for the first coats, but it is coarser, harder to work with, and will have more imperfections once you're done.So you guys thin your mud at all? I'm talking the pre-mix from a bucket.
I never thin a new bucket and normally buy the original weight product. Lately I have been pulling out a bucket that’s 6-12 months old and half used and it has gone thicker and I will add some water and mix it with a drill and paddle mixer right in the bucket. Doing that you will always find a few chunks here and there from what was stuck on the sides and dried.So you guys thin your mud at all? I'm talking the pre-mix from a bucket.
As far as color I normally add it to white ceiling paint so the color doesn’t change. As to adding color paint I think of it as tinting the mud away from white. For example a blue paint could be added to make a lighter blue even for a sky blue ceiling. I have also seen some people more skilled than me do a circular pattern out from the center where each row was tinted a shade darker and the finished ceiling looked like a dome. I have done quite a few ceilings where I mixed paint about25/50 to 50/50 with compound and put it on with a 12” knife and then swirled it out doing half circles (fish scale) that overlap with a 12” wallpaper brush. That’s about as fancy as I have done. The paint makes the compound much harder to sand also.Bud, I am very intrigued by your tip about adding drywall mud to paint. Can you give me an idea of the upper limit for quantity of mud per gallon of paint or consistency of mixed product before the mud starts to affect color or ability to apply?