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Drywall Texturing Tools - Wall Texturing Techniques

By Edited Mar 20, 2016 0 0

Texture Spray Gun

Uses For Drywall Texturing Tools:

Whether you are a home improvement contractor, or just a do it yourself type of person, finding the right drywall texturing tools can make the difference between a professional job and an unprofessional result.  Developed in the early 1900s, dryall, or gypsum board as it’s sometimes called, makes the process of building and finishing interior walls much simpler than in the past.  Prior to it’s widespread acceptance as a suitable building material, carpenters would finish interior walls with the very laborious process of spreading plaster over every inch.  Drywall allows you to attach entire 4’x8’ sheets of “gypsum plaster” directly to the wall with nails or screws leaving only the joints between the Sheetrock needing plaster, called joint compound, to smooth the transitions.  

Although the process is much simpler than several decades ago, spreading and sanding joint compound over each transition between the sheets of drywall is still a very time consuming process.  One way to cut down on the time investment, simplify the process, and make a stylish texture on the wall is to use drywall texturing tools to “cover up” rough joints.  By applying texture to an entire wall, it is not necessary to create perfect seams between sheets of drywall.  In addition, many people prefer the appearance of texture on walls as opposed to a perfectly flat surface.  If you are doing DIY home improvements, using drywall texturing tools is a great way to achieve professional results with minimal skill level involved.  

Texture Rollers:

The most “DIY friendly” drywall texture tool is the texture roller.  Used just like a paint roller, texture rollers work by spreading joint compound evenly over the wall in a particular pattern.  There are all kinds of different patterns available from crow’s feet to palm branches, each leaving a distinct pattern on your wall.  To use, simply mix your joint compound according to the ratio for the roller you are attempting to use, fill a paint tray with the compound and start covering the wall just as if you were painting.  The process couldn’t be easier, and the results are spectacular.  

Knock Down Tools and Techniques:

One of the most common drywall texturing tools are designed to create the “knock down” look.  This process is much more complex, and requires some degree of skill mixing the correct consistency of compound and operating a compressor and sprayer.  However the results are very appealing considering the time that is saved.  Knock down texture is can be achieved in as little as two steps with almost no waiting for drying time needed.  The process involves using a compressed air drywall texture sprayer to “splatter” joint compound all over the wall.  Then after waiting 10-15 minutes (depending on consistency and humidity) using a large plastic or metal trowel to “knock down” the wet spackle leaving a semi-flat textured surface.  

Cheap Drywall Tools:

Although it may seem tempting to purchase the cheapest drywall texturing tools you are able to find, it is a good rule of thumb to purchase professional quality equipment even if you are just the weekend do it yourself-er.  The time wasted configuring faulty equipment, along with the generally sub-par results make it too risky for the average home owner or contractor.  If you are unable to afford professional drywall texturing tools, consider renting them from your local home improvement store to save money.

Canned Drywall Texture:

For simple drywall texturing repairs, canned drywall texture can be a quick and easy way to match the texture already in your home.  Although it is not recommended for large projects, it can be used to do jobs less than 25-50 square feet.  The process is still the same as using a drywall texture sprayer, but instead of a compressor and large spray gun, it uses an aerosol compressed can.  


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