How to Texture Walls

Types of Textured Paint

When texturing a wall, you can either add forcible texture or create a fake finish with paint tools and supplies that mimics the search of a textured wall. Both wall styles are attractive and can hide little defects, but physical texture on the wall is dense, adds a layer of protective covering and can dampen sound. To add a physical texture, you will need to know how to texture walls with paint additives or a pre-textured paint. texture grades range from very fine to coarse. While many textured paints can be used on both walls and ceilings, some are designed specifically for one or the other. Below are the types of texture styles you can choose from :

  • Smooth texture paint: Despite its name, smooth texture paint is not smooth. It has a light texture that is much subtler than other types of textured paints. It does not contain sand or other materials to create a rough, grainy appearance. Instead, it is thick and heavy and mimics the appearance of stucco or plaster. Because of how thick it is, smooth texture paint needs to be applied with a trowel or putty knife. 
  • Sand texture paint: Sand texture paint features an extra-heavy bodied finish that can be used to add a gritty texture to both walls and ceilings. While you can purchase paint pre-mixed with sand, you can best control the amount of texture by using a silica sand additive in regular paint. 
  • Knockdown texture: You can create a knockdown texture by applying joint compound (also known as drywall compound or drywall mud) to your walls or ceiling, then smoothing the stalactite-like peaks down with a knife. The result is a marbled texture that can then be painted any color. Knockdown texture is most popular as a ceiling texture. 
  • Popcorn texture: Also known as acoustic drywall texture, popcorn texture is a heavy, puffy ceiling texture that deadens sound. It is created using a joint compound mixed with large texturizing pieces made from materials such as Styrofoam. Once applied, popcorn texture is difficult to remove and may require a professional to remove it if it was applied before 1978, since there is a risk it may contain asbestos. 
  • Orange peel texture: A very popular wall texture choice, orange peel texture is a subtle splatter texture created by spraying plaster onto drywall. The layer of plaster makes the walls more durable against cracks and dents. As the name implies, this wall texture resembles the soft bumps of an orange peel. 

tip : Using a paint texture additive or joint intensify will allow you to add texture to any rouge semblance of your choice .

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