Proper Technique for using Texture Paint.

Old 03-29-16, 12:30 PM
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Proper Technique for using Texture Paint.

I've recently finished working on a room and the results are - well, I'm not good at walls. The seams are covered but my ability to cover the tape and leave a smooth wall are not good.

So, my wife has asked that I texture the walls. (Note, that the walls already have been primed and painted.) She's chosen the Homax Sand Texture Additive which we will apply with a roller with a 3/8 inch depth and using the same color paint as is already on the walls.

My question deals with application. First - edges. How do you go about getting the texture to the edge? Is this a case of taping well and then getting as close as you can with the roller? or do you do edges with a brush? Will this look different than the roller areas? Second - uniformity. I've textured the ceiling with Homax popcorn roll on texture and had a terrible time getting it uniform. How do you do this on the wall?

I want to do this right (even though my wall work is not right. LOL)

Thanks for any and all input!
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I haven't used this product but texturing in general is often best practiced first on scrap material or cardboard before moving to the actual wall.
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For the most part you can cut in and roll sand texture like you do regular paint. It does help to keep a wet edge. That type of texture doesn't hide much, it mostly just give the wall a gritty texture.
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Once done you have a near impossible wall to clean and a royal pain to fix simple repairs and have it match.
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I have two walls that I painted with the sand texture. I like the look but as Mark said, it won't hide bad joints. It won't even hide a "pretty good" patch, the unfeathered edges will be obvious.
I don't mind the abrasiveness.

Consider skim coating all the walls from floor to ceiling, it might be easier for you to get it looking good than trying to mud the joints only.

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