drywall texturing advice?

topic posted Tue, October 12, 2010 - 1:18 PM by  Chili
hello DIY'ers --

I've got a big wall with lots of holes and funky spots that I would like to re-texture in order to hide the problems. The rest of the remodel is smooth-walled, but this back room has an old knocked-down texture (which I dislike but it is not too chunky, so oh well...)...I bought a texture roller and am planning on using it with a thinned drywall mud to create a texture on the wall before painting it, since I don't know how to make it smooth without skimming the whole room with 1/4" drywall -- something I do not want to do.

any tips or ideas about texturing walls without using a sprayer/blower? the ceiling is wood tongue and groove, so it is smooth and will not be do you reach the corners and edges of the wall with the texture up to where the ceiling is?

how long do you wait before knocking-down a texture?
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  • Re: drywall texturing advice?

    Wed, October 13, 2010 - 5:35 PM
    Quite impossible to tell you a time. The mud trades are such a hands-on, learn-by-doing with a master kind of thing. Pus humidity, heat, width/flex of knife, pressure and speed of stroke, absorption rate of backing material, kind -mix-wetness of mud..... all of these matter.

    I used to have this little trick though (for a certain texture and mud!). It was readyu to take its final working and knock down pass when I could hold this flat 9" flexible machinists rule close up to the wall and let it swing lightly from my fingertips. Ready = when it wouldn't slap and stick to the mud.

    Experiment is the best way.
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    Re: drywall texturing advice?

    Thu, October 14, 2010 - 2:26 PM
    I have obtained a very nice texture, small very small pebble, using UGL Drylok and a roller.
    You could use a wall paper past applicator brush too.
    I applied a top coat to the white UGL . You can have the paint store guy tint it for you. Tell him that the color to start from is the same for any paint base. It may not be perfect but it'll be pretty good.
    The stuff also sticks nicely to old school lead based whitewash.
  • Re: drywall texturing advice?

    Fri, October 15, 2010 - 12:20 AM
    you'll need to mask off the corner transition from your ceiling to your wall

    something else to consider would be to sponge the surface* after you roll the mud on, and then knock it down after it has just started to set up ...i like the visual feel of this technique ...more "organic" perhaps? ...oh, and also like to use a mix with a bit of fine sand in it and after the knockdown is all set up use a sanding sponge or even a big damp sponge to smooth out the wall before priming and painting

    *dab, dab, dab, dab, dab... (bigger sponge is better)
  • Re: drywall texturing advice?

    Tue, October 19, 2010 - 7:06 AM
    I've found this area has a long learning curve to match a desired texture. The less tooling required, the better, in my opinion. In my experience using a roller means the mixture will be either too thin and result in a texture that looks like running paint. If too think, you get little peaks that need to be further knocked down. Which means judging when to knock down, the right amount of pressure, stroke and direction.

    Personally I've had the best success using a little gizmo that looks like a big syringe (or fly spray device, if you remember those). You still have to experiment a bit how thick to make your mixture and your spraying technique, but once you get that down on a practice surface (perhaps the garage wall) you sputter the stuff on the wall and just leave it to dry. No tooling. After it dries you can go back over areas that seem a bit wanting later. Not as big a production as a power sprayer, but doable for a limited project. Yes, mask the ceiling, floor and corners with other walls.

    Regardless, fill the holes flush before applying texture.

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