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Best Dry Wall Texture Techniques

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Best Dry Wall Texture Techniques

There are numerous ways of texturing drywall and these can change the very feel and look of a home or room. If it’s a new drywall, texturing will be the last step and is applied after the different coats of tape and drywall joint compound have been applied and sanded down. When texturing existing drywall, you will have to smooth out the surface by sanding it or first applying one coat of drywall compound and sanding over it. Many people also choose to apply primer before proceeding to the texturing.

  1. 1.Compliance

    Drywall texturing is not a difficult thing to master and it only takes some practice to perfect it.

    Drywall texturing doesn’t need any permits or approvals from local zoning authorities. However, if you are a member of some kind of homeowner’s association in your locality, you may need to check with them to ensure that the project you are undertaking complies with their guidelines and regulations.


    Drywall texturing is not a difficult thing to master and it only takes some practice to perfect it. It is a messy process and you should put around enough drop cloths to ensure that you do not end up getting it all on your furniture or any of it on your furniture.

  2. 2.Knock Down Texturing

    This technique of texturing is also known as ‘skip trowel’ and is almost like a stucco finish. In order to achieve this effect, you will first need to mix some joint compound with water till it is of the consistency of paint. Using a paint roller or a trowel, you must then apply this mix on the wall. Once you are done applying the mix, leave it for about half an hour. At this point the compound would not have dried completely and this is when you must use a trowel held at a flat angle to administer vertical strokes from top to bottom and vice-versa. Keep doing this till you obtain the rough, textured finish which is known as knock down texturing.

  3. 3.Popcorn Texturing

    There are quite a few similarities between the knockdown technique and the popcorn method. The latter is preferred for use on ceilings and when there is need for a little sound-proofing. This application is similar to that of the knockdown technique, but the compound mix has to be of a thicker consistency and there have to be some small peaks on the drywall unlike in the knockdown method. The disadvantages of this method are the difficulty in painting it and its tendency to accumulate dust fast. Hence, over the years, fewer people are opting for popcorn texturing.

  5. 4.Orange Peel Texturing

    In this method, the finished result should look like an orange peel with all the numerous indentations. One of the disadvantages of this technique is that you have to be very quick when doing it. The indentations are also known as ‘splatter’ and can range from a series of small blobs to a fine spray. When you mix the compound with water make sure it is very thin but at the same time, not runny. It is a good idea to first test out the compound on a small section before you do the whole room. A spray can is your best bet when attempting this effect. Most spray cans sold for this purpose have adjustable settings so you can control the setting for light, medium, or heavy coverage depending on what you want. You can achieve an even look by spraying at the same speed until you are done.

  6. 5.Other Details

    The texture application can be done using a variety of equipment ranging from spray cans to texturing machines to hopper guns. Spray cans are best suited for small areas or patches that need to be textured. These are ideal for the orange peel technique and also knockdown technique to some extent. Texturing machines are chiefly used by professionals and are best suited for large sections of drywall or entire buildings. Hopper guns function similar to the texturing machines, but they are much smaller, inexpensive, and a stellar option for improvement projects.


    Different variations can be incorporated in each of these techniques depending on your creativity and knowledge of the subject. Adopting the best technique for your need and implementing it with care and attention to detail will ensure you of a job well done.

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