Finished drywall just doesn’t have same crisp look of a textured wall. Textures give a raised dimension to an otherwise bland and seamless wall. It also helps to hide uneven joints, pits or other damage that drywall suffers during its long trip to your home. Best of all, drywall texture is a cost effective feature that adds value to your home.
Finished Drywall After the drywall has been hung, two to three coats of finishing is required. Joint compound and drywall tape seal the joints between each section of drywall. Sanding between joint compound coats smoothes each of the joints into a seamless whole. Finish the job by checking with a light for pits or scratches that need to be sanded or filled.
Texture Hopper A texture hopper is a pneumatic air-powered joint compound gun. A large hopper on the top is filled with a very wet joint compound mix and funneled into the air gun below. An adjustable nozzle directs the joint compounds ability to atomize at differentiating levels, providing heavier and lighter textures on demand.
A texture hopper can be rented from most rental companies, or purchased for a reasonable price at many large home improvement centers. Combined with an air compressor, this powerful tool wielded in the hands of any homeowner can create a beautiful finish to any rougher-than-average drywall home improvement. While it may seem like a magic wand to erase hard to cure drywall finishes, it can be very messy. Always tape off anything you don’t want sprayed with some plastic and blue painters tape before you begin any drywall texturing.
Stomps, Sponges and Other Press in Place Textures Press in place textures are just glorified stamps. Simply press these materials into a tacky joint compound mix, then press in place onto a wall or ceiling. Work the stomp, sponge or other material in a circular motion until the desired texture is achieved. Repeat the process, blending in each concentric circle into the next, continuing in this fashion until each section is done.
This texture happens to be one of my favorites. It covers up any problematic drywall situations like wallpaper, moldy drywall, heavy finish jobs and otherwise unrepairable damaged drywall, and gives them a beautiful, cost efficient and speedy drywall finish.
All press on textures need to be properly prepped with a good primer prior to any texturing. If you don’t prime mold, wallpaper or other rough finishes, the texture will not stay bonded to the substrate and will fall off. A good heavy primer such as Kilz or its equivalent in several successive coats will prevent penetration from the substrate and allow the texture to have a secure bond to the work surface.