RapidCoat® All Purpose

Better than ever. Ideal for use in all phases of gypsum board finishing, we improved our all purpose mud and made it easier to apply and sand. Created for pros who need a smooth, durable finish with maximum adhesion.

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About

Continental Rapid Coat® All Purpose joint compound is a professional-grade, multi-task joint compound, ideal for use in all phases of gypsum-bard finishing: taping, finishing, skim coating, texturing, filling corner beads and trim, and concealing nail or screw dimples.

Product Characteristics:

Material: Vinyl-type formulation.

Emissions: Asbestos free.

Coverage: Approximately 120 to 125 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Coverage will depend on the number of beads and amount of trim.

Drying time: Thoroughly dry in approximately 24 hours. Drying times will vary with temperature and humidity (see Gypsum Association [GA] publication 236).

Color available: White.

Interior Use Only:

IMPORTANT: For interior use only. For optimal drying, maintain a room temperature of 68 to 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C), and provide adequate ventilation.

Storage:

Up to nine-month shelf life if protected from extreme heat and cold.

Available Sizes: 

Pail: 61.7 pounds/28 kilograms. Boxes: 59.5 pounds/27 kilograms; 50 pounds/22.7 kilograms.

Standards and Codes:

Rapid Coat®; All Purpose Joint Compound is manufactured to conform to ASTM C 475.

Advantages
  • Improved formulation sands easier than ever
  • Works extremely well with mechanical or hand finishing tools
  • Ideal for apply traditional or high performance bead products
  • Performs great for ALL levels of finish (tape, bed, finish, texture)
  • Smooth application
  • Maximum bond and adhesion
  • Superior durability and abrasion resistance
  • Designed specifically for professional use
Sustainability

Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound can contribute to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Credit Qualification in several credit categories to assist in obtaining LEED certification. 

Application Instructions

Apply according to Gypsum Association publications GA-214 and GA-216.

Taping and Finishing Joints:

Step one: Using a steel finishing knife (4 to 6 inches), generously apply Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound to the surface to be finished (tapered edge). Next, center and press the joint tape firmly into the compound, removing any excess material behind the tape and creating a good bond with the gypsum board. Allow the compound to dry thoroughly.

Step two: Using a 10- to 12-inch steel finishing knife or trowel, apply a fill coat of Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound over the embedded tape. Remove excess material by feathering the center and the edges of the joint. Allow the compound to dry thoroughly.

Step three: Using a 10- to 12-inch steel finishing knife or trowel, apply a thin coat of Rapid Coat® Fullweight joint compound over the step two application at a width adequate to fill any voids or shallow spots. Remove excess material by feathering the center and edges of the joint. Allow the compound to dry thoroughly before sanding or painting.

Finishing Inside Corners:
Using a steel finishing knife (4 to 6 inches), generously apply Continental Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound to both sides of the inside corner. Fold the joint tape along the center crease and press firmly into the center of the inside corner. Remove any excess material behind the tape and create a good bond with the gypsum board. Allow the compound to dry thoroughly. Apply a second coat to one side, allow it to dry, and apply another coat to the opposite side. Allow the compound to dry thoroughly before sanding or painting.

Note: Continental Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound is not recommended for use with mesh tape. For mesh tape applications, use Continental Rapid Joint® setting-type compounds.

Fasteners and Trim:
Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound can be used to fill corner beads and nail/screw dimples. A second coat may be applied, if necessary, when the first coat is dry.

Sanding:
Sanding is not required between applications unless the work is rough. Light sanding, after step three above, should be done after the application is thoroughly dry (120- to 150-grit sandpaper or mesh cloth is recommended). Wet sanding is recommended to avoid creating dust.

Skim Coating:
Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound can be used to skim coat gypsum-board walls. A skim coat leaves a thin film of joint compound over the entire gypsum-board surface, fills imperfections, and eliminates texture differences between the gypsum board and the joint compound. Skim coating is recommended for rooms with critical lighting conditions.

Painting and Wallpapering:
Painting should not proceed until the joint compound is thoroughly dry (see GA-236). For best results, a good-quality gypsum-board primer should be applied, in accordance with the primer manufacturer's instructions, before painting or wallpapering.

Texturing:
Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound can also be used to texture walls and ceilings. For best results, a good-quality gypsum-board primer should be applied, in accordance with the primer manufacturer's instructions, before texturing. Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound can then be applied to the dry primer surface up to ¼ inch thick with a roller, sponge, brush, or trowel to create the desired effect. Overpaint when dry in accordance with the paint manufacturer's instructions.

Cleanup:
Rapid Coat® All Purpose Joint Compound washes off easily with warm water. Tools should be dried thoroughly to prevent rusting.

Product & Safety Precautions
  • Apply to clean and dry surfaces.
  • Protect from freezing, extreme heat, and direct sunlight.
  • Maintain a working temperature of at least 55 degrees F (13 degrees C).
  • Do not mix with any other product or material (such as chemical setting compounds or plaster of paris).
  • If separation occurs, remix thoroughly, taking care not to introduce air bubbles.
  • If thinning is required, such as for machine applications, water may be added in small (4-ounce) increments. Excessive thinning of the product may cause cracking, increased shrinkage, or other undesirable results.
  • Allow the compound to dry thoroughly between coats and before painting.
  • Keep the container tightly closed between uses.
  • For finishing with mesh tape, use Continental Rapid Joint® setting-type compounds.
  • Wear safety glasses at all times to protect eyes.
  • Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator when sanding or engaging in other dust-producing activities due to the potential for dust to exceed exposure limits. Exhaust ventilation may be required during dust-producing activities in areas with poor ventilation.

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