Textured walls are very stylish right now. The texture is acquired by various tools using drywall mud on sheetrock walls and ceilings. One of the more familiar types of texture in use has a Mediterranean look, and is sometimes called “skiptrowel” or “knockdown.”
It looks sort of like old Spanish plaster and is very comfortable looking. It is called “knockdown” texture because of the method of application, which will be described in a minute.
Some other popular wall and ceiling texture styles are orange peel, splatter, and popcorn. Popcorn is commonly seen on ceilings and actually involves adding polymer chips and sometimes glitter to the drywall joint compound in order to make the bumps in the texture.
Many newer homes and remodeled older homes have knockdown textured walls or one of the other types. One major problem is that when there is a place in the drywall that has to be repaired, you need to recreate that texture on the new patch, and that can be tricky to do.
Here are some hints and ideas for repairing knockdown and other styles of mudding texture on walls.
First, the Method Behind the Madness
First, here is the basic method for creating a knockdown pattern. The joint compound (also known as drywall mud or sometimes “spackling” which is from a brand name) is mixed with water until it is about as thin as pea soup. Then it is sprayed onto the walls using an industrial sprayer designed for the purpose.
The bumpy textured result is allowed to sit for a couple of minutes. Then you take a six or eight inch plastic drywall trowel, get it wet, and rub it gently over the sprayed joint compound.
The idea is to knock down the taller bumps and spread them out into squiggly patterns. Obviously there are a lot of variables here, and that is where the problem comes in when you go to repair a patch of textured wall. The trick is to spray new mud on at the same density and recreate the same type of pattern as the pre-existing one.
The best way to do this is to get a spray-on repair kit, which has the drywall mud already in a spray can. It has to be shaken according to the directions on the can. You need to experiment with textures on a scrap piece of sheet rock or board.
The nozzle on the can is adjustable, so you need to try it at different settings. When you figure out the approximate setting, you can repair the patch on the wall.
Fixing Other Textures
Many drywall texture patterns can be approximated by dabbing prepared joint compound onto the wall or ceiling with a tampico brush. Splatter texture is created when you splatter the thinned down joint compound by flinging it off the tampico brush.
Orange peel texture is made by using a heavily napped (very fuzzy) paint roller. You apply thinned down joint compound in a thin layer and then go over it in one direction with the fuzzy paint roller. Get one with a nap texture of one-fourth to three-eighths of an inch.
When the joint compound on the wall has dried, you must go over it lightly with sand paper. Whatever texture you are patching, whenever it is all dried, reapply matching paint to the area to make it blend in with the rest of the wall.