What size roller nap to match stipple?


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Old 07-16-13, 10:37 AM
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What size roller nap to match stipple?

Hi everyone,

We're in the process of having new drywall hung on all of our ceilings, it will be skim coated with a smooth finish. Once this is done we will be painting our entire 2200 sqft home (interior) as well as priming and painting the ceilings.

The walls are currently plaster with a smooth / very very light paint stipple finish. Our drywall guy has suggested that we try to match this same paint finish when we do the ceilings.

My question is, what size roller / nap would you recommend to add a light stipple to the pain finish? Also, since we are priming first, would you add the stipple to the primer coat or would you do that with the paint itself?

THanks so much!
 
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Old 07-16-13, 12:46 PM
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Without knowing the amount of texture on your current walls it's impossible to say what nap you need. I would get a couple different lengths and test it with the paint you intend to use and see how much texture each gives you. I have noticed that ordinary paint will only hold so much texture so as you move to very thick nap rollers you don't gain more texture.
 
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Old 07-16-13, 04:13 PM
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I wouldn't bother. It shouldn't look strange with a stipple on the walls and slick finish on the ceiling. If you are dead set on matching the stipple, thin down some j/c to paint consistency [could be mixed with the primer] and get your texture that way. Rolled on paint by itself only produces a minor amount of roller stipple no matter what size roller nap is used. Most of the roller stipple you see on walls/ceilings comes from multiple coats of paint having been rolled on.

If the texture will show up in a pic, we might be better able to help you match the texture - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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Old 07-16-13, 04:54 PM
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Thanks for the reply's. I should have also mentioned why i'm so hung up on the stipple. So we had acoustic ceilings... because our acoustic was plaster based (not easily scrape-able) it was pretty close in price just to have new .5" drywall laminated over the top of the popcorn. That of course means that there will be a joint between the wall and the new ceiling which has to be taped and mudded. Long story short, there is now a a 5-6" strip at the top of the wall that is perfectly smooth. This is where the drywall contractors recommendation about the stipple came in. If we cant match it, there is going to be an obvious strip of smooth texture running at the top of every wall.

i will actually be at the house tonight, i will definitely take some pictures and post them up.

Thanks
 
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Old 07-16-13, 05:06 PM
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Then they messed up and mislead you.
All that popcorn texture could have been removed with just some water in a pump sprayer and a drywall knife.
No way would I apply new rock over a popcorn texture.
 
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Old 07-17-13, 03:27 AM
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Joe, he said it was plaster based popcorn - not the normal popcorn texture that dissolves with water.

Your best bet is probably going to be mix up some j/c and roll it on to duplicate the stipple texture. Hopefully the pics will help otherwise you might be relegated to trial and error ...... but it's not that bad, j/c based texture can easily be scraped off while wet or sanded down when dry.
 
 

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