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match drywall patch texture with existing wall


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01-24-07, 10:33 PM   #1  
match drywall patch texture with existing wall

Hello all, I'm somewhat new to Home Repairs but I've been toying around with some drywall lately. The living room is the problem. I have about 3 or 4 spots, the largest being about 8 sq inches where either a patch was put in or it was mudded over. A recent coat of paint really shows the difference of the textures. I guess I'm trying to blend the new texture with the old.
I was reading some posts and I think I'm going to try out thinning out some drywall topping/mud and applying it on the spots with a paint roller. Does this sound like a logical attempt? or is there some other way to blend the two?
Also, what kind of mud consistency am I looking for? slighty thicker than paint? Thanks

 
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01-25-07, 12:40 AM   #2  
Do your experimenting first on cardboard, MDF, plywood or other material until you get your technique down and decide that you can achieve a finish that will blend in with the wall.

 
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01-25-07, 05:57 AM   #3  
What type of texture do you have?

While it is always best to touch up texture in the same manner it was applied originally - there are many ways to skin a cat Thinning joint compound down is a good place to start. The thinner the j/c the lighter the texture, heavier mud = heavier texture. Using a wet sponge to apply texture also works depending on the type of texture - what I usually use for orange peel texture repairs. You can also buy orange peel texture in an aerosol can. A roller will also often work.

As stated it is best to practice first but wet texture can easily be scraped or wiped off, dry texture can be sanded off. Don't forget to prime the repairs before touching up the paint.


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01-25-07, 06:29 AM   #4  
should have been more specific

When I said texture, I meant the texture the roller left behind on the paint. Its just drywall, nothing fancy like knockdown or stucco or anything. I'm not sure why the difference is so noticible. Where the patches of mud are it looks alot smoother than the rest of the wall. I don't know maybe try going over it in a thicker nap roller? Or should I just stick to the thin mud idea? Thanks again.

 
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01-25-07, 06:36 AM   #5  
If you have slick finish walls [no texture] the easiest way to make the repair disappear is to thin some j/c down to paint consistency to mimic the roller stipple left by many coats of paint. The "texture" can be applied with either a roller or sponge. Or you can roll on multiple coats of paint until it blends

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03-31-07, 10:10 PM   #6  
Most new homes I've seen have this same "issue" if you want to call it that. If you have a keen eye, you can spot the texture difference. I can pick out every screw and joint in a wall if I look carefully and I'm no pro. If you use a good primer sealer and good paint it will help blend. I find acrylic latex eggshell or anything with gloss to reflect too much light showing the indifferences. A flat paint/color will help hide this to the eye a bit more. Overall, when it comes time for the repaint of the room in the future this will hide most of the texture differences. Don't sweat it too much, who stares at walls anyway? :P

 
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03-11-09, 09:42 AM   #7  
This would be an alternate reason to hang pictures, ornamental art and shadow boxes.

 
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