Setting-type joint compound is ideal for exterior construction. Exterior jobs need a durable joint compound. Setting-type joint compound dries hard, resists moisture and requires just a few coats to get the job done. Outdoor joint compound application is similar to indoor applications. But watch out for the weather. Avoid applying joint compound on humid, rainy days or when temperatures dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drywall knife in bucket of joint compound
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Mix and apply setting type joint compound to exterior drywall.

Step 1

Mix the joint compound with water in a bucket. Add water incrementally. Stir the joint compound to an even consistency after each addition. Scrape the sides and the bottom of the bucket as you mix to keep the mixture consistent. Stop adding water when the joint compound is the consistency of thick peanut butter.

Step 2

Cover the drywall joint with a thick layer of joint compound using a 4-inch mud knife.

Step 3

Leave the joint compound to set for the manufacturer-recommended amount of time. Read the label carefully as the set time for joint compounds vary widely. Most setting-type joint compounds come in 20-, 45- and 90-minute set times.

Step 4

Place a strip of joint tape over the drywall joint.

Step 5

Apply a thin layer of joint compound over the joint tape. Draw the mud knife firmly over the joint tape.

Step 6

Leave the joint compound to set for the manufacturer-recommended amount of time.

Step 7

Apply a second thin layer of joint compound with a 6-inch mud knife. Extend it 2 inches beyond the first layer.

Step 8

Leave the joint compound to set for the manufacturer-recommended amount of time.

Step 9

Apply a second thin layer of joint compound with an 8-inch mud knife. Extend it 2 inches beyond the first layer.

Step 10

Leave the final layer of joint compound to dry for the manufacturer-recommended amount of time.

Step 11

Sand out any uneven spots in the joint compound with 80-grit sandpaper.

Step 12

Paint the drywall with one to two coats of exterior latex paint to protect the joint compound from moisture.