So does "regular" (shrink, that is). The only real advantage for some
of the vinyls is they may stick a little better in a depression as
opposed to a hole ime. May also be just a little easier to get into the
tiniest of holes, but that's a nit imo. "Painters' putty" is useful for
it's quick drying time if that's an issue as it is for a professional
painter but rarely is for a homeowner.
Overall, little reason to not just use a regular premixed for anything
of the size it sounds like you've got...
In the quantities that I would use it, the overall cost is not a major
factor. But in can to can, comparison the vinyl is much more expensive, as
in 3:1. There was not nothing on the can to tell me, when one has an
advantage. So much for "perfect knowledge" in a freemarket economy :-)
Spackling is fine for small nail holes. Would not work at all for a 2"
hole. A gallon of ready mix joint compound will do it all.
BUT, that 2" hole is going to take some time to dry. If possible add a
backer board to mud over.
vinyl is fine for small "touch-ups" while painting. However what you need
is a gallon can of joint compound and a small piece of 1/2 inch drywall .
Both available at Home Depot. Cut the 2 inch hole out square. Cut a piece of
drywall about 2 inchs bigger than hole on all 4 sides.Turn drywall over and
score the drywall to fit hole. CAREFULLY remove drywall on edges LEAVING the
face paper and drywall in CENTER...What you should end up with is a piece of
sheetrock with 2 inches of face paper all the way around it. Mud around
hole, place patch and wipe edges tight.let dry overnight and then skim joint
compound over it a couple of times and then sand or wet spounge. The patch
is commonly called a "Butterfly Patch"or a " California Patch".
That seems to be a consensus here. But the same can be done with joint
compound - so why would one ever use vinyl? Does it have any advantage,
such as fast drying etc. It puzzles me that there's a product costing more
than "mud" which has no benfites at all :-)
Thanks for this great description. I finally visualized it. Heard it
somewhere before, but it was not clear to me how exactly it was done.
I thought the vinyl was supposed to be a lttle more flexible, so it
was better for fixing cracks and similar. It also may dry a little
faster. However, in practice I couldn't say I've ever noticed a
difference, except of course the price.
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