It can be easy to repair a hole or a patch in a wall or ceiling. However, it isn’t easy texturing the area to blend in with the rest of the wall or ceiling texture. In order to actually match a drywall finish or texture, you will first need to know what technique was used to create the texture. Some of the common methods used to apply a drywall texture is a roll on or spray on technique. My-General Contractor will share how to re-texture and blend in a repaired section of a wall or ceiling with this step by step method.
How Do I Match My Wall Texture?
Step 1. Start by examining a portion of the texture on the dry wall. If you’re unfamiliar with dry wall texture you can take a clipped or scrapped off piece to the hardware store and compare or ask someone who may be able to assist you.
Step 2. Most textures that use spray or rolled on make them easy to identify. Once you know what type of texture was used, find the right product. Often the rolled on texture just uses a watered down joint compound and a textured roller. Find the right roller and get some joint compound. If the texture is a sprayed on style, such as a popcorn, orange peel, or stipple texture, you can find them in spray cans. If the texture was applied manually, you will need a drywall knife and joint compound.
Step 3. You may want to find a test area that is hidden out of sight on which to practice first. However, you can also jump right into it if you know exactly which texture was used. Start by rolling on a thin layer of joint compound on the wall using a thick-nap roller. You will want to create an egg shell like texture at first. If you need to create a slap brush texture, use a slap brush to apply the rest of the texture. Use a drywall knife to knock down the irregular pattern of the texture.
Step 4. A slap texture uses a water or diluted joint compound that you apply using a drywall knife. You want to apply a smooth layer in the same direction of the existing pattern to help make them match or blend in.
Step 5. If you have a spray on texture, make sure you follow the manufactures directions. Often you may need a fine grain sand paper to sand down and blend in the texture. The spray on texture is some of the easiest texture to duplicate and luckily, the spray on texture is the most common texture used for both walls and ceilings.
Step 6. After you have finished blending in the texture from the patched or repaired section of the wall or ceiling and it has fully dried, you can paint over the repaired section of the wall.
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