Drywall Mud Pans

There are many different styles of drywall mud pans. Which one should you use for your next project?

I prefer the all metal pans. There are some cheaper versions, that are made of plastic and have a metal edge embedded in them. They break easily when dropped. This happens more frequently than you would think.

The all metal pans hold up when you drop them. There are several styles to choose from. The best ones are welded (in the corners) which prevents them from leaking water or thin mud. This is helpful if you are mixing hot mud in your pan.

Some of the pans have rivets instead of welds. Do not get this type of drywall mud pan. The rivets do not hold up well in the long run. But, if you can not locate any of the welded pans, they make a great second choice.

10 inch, 12 inch, 14 inch, 16 inch, 18 inch, or 20 inch pan? If you have arms of steel, get the big long pan. For the rest of the mortals, pick a smaller pan. The middle of the road, size 14 inch, is the best all around pan. With a 14 inch pan you can easily use a 12 inch drywall knife to run the mud with.

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