You may want to do your ceiling texture do it yourself style; whether to save money or just have the satisfaction of doing it yourself it can be done easily and efficiently with the help of this guide.
What you Need
The basic tools you will need to start doing it yourself are as follows:
• An air compressor and a hose
• A Texture Hopper
• A pair of good quality Safety Glasses
• Scaffolding or Ladders
• Drywall Compound Mud
Does your Ceiling Need to be Prepared?
If your original ceiling has to be taped, floated and also sanded you can get a wide variety of videos or books to help you along the way. You will need to get the sandpaper form any hardware store should you need to sandpaper the ceiling first.
The texture hopper is a spray gun that contains a hopper at the top of the equipment that actually feeds the material into the trigger spray part of the texture hopper. There are many different selections of textures, patterns and also thickness; there will be one to suit your needs and tastes perfectly.
The air compressor with it will work by using the pressure to spray the mud, so if it’s thinner then less pressure is obviously needed. If it’s thicker the same rule applies; just the other way around, you will need more pressure if the mixture is thick.
Before using the hopper make sure you put on your safety glasses; it may be quite a thick mixture but it may well still drip onto you as you look up at the ceiling, it will literally end up everywhere. Also remember to cover anything you have had to leave in the room; things such as furniture, carpets, floor coverings. It is advised to actually take everything out of the room and just cover the floors instead!
Using the ‘Mud’
The mud you will need and be using is a watered down variety of what is normally used in dry walling. Try to buy the variety that is given in the plastic buckets as it is generally easier and better to use.
You need to get the exact consistency of the putty and it can be quite difficult sometimes. It may be advised to either get a book or follow the directions for the amount you want; or go into a hardware store and ask the staff’s advice.
They will need to know the amount of space you need to cover and the type of pattern and style that you’re looking for before actually telling you how much putty you will need.
If you don’t want to use the hopper type of ceiling texture then you can use what is known as the popcorn method that is added to the primer paint. Some people don’t like this method however; as it can be extremely difficult to clean off the rollers or that it doesn’t apply properly onto the ceiling or that it doesn’t stick as well.
If your only doing a smallish area then just hire the equipment you need for a couple of days; it will be cheaper in the long run rather than buying items you’re unlikely to use again anytime soon. If you know someone who owns any if the tools you need; it may be best to borrow them instead of buying.