Welcome to the DoItYourself Forums!

To post questions, help other DIYers and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our DIY community. It's free!

perlite wall texturing


roger100's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 66
TX

10-27-11, 06:15 PM   #1  
perlite wall texturing

I have made several small repairs on my drywall walls & now I have several bald spots where the perlite texturing use to be. Homex
doesn't seem to sell this type of texturing. I tried sand & it doesn't match. I bought a small bag of perlite & the particles are too big. I even tried sawdust..that was a mistake. Sure could use some ideas at this point. Wife keeps asking me "when am I going to fix those
bald spots".
Roger
Here is a picture of my texturing

 
Sponsored Links
Pulpo's Avatar
Temporarily Suspended

Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 10,986
NY

10-28-11, 09:04 PM   #2  
Can you grind the perlite particles to make them match?

 
roger100's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 66
TX

10-29-11, 08:55 AM   #3  
Tried making big particles into small ones..didn't work. I know this is a very common wall texture & all home owners/ contractors make repairs sometime . There has got to be an easy solution. I sent Homax an e-mail
Roger

 
coops28's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,752
KS

10-29-11, 10:10 AM   #4  
its hard to tell size in that picture but to me it looks liks small or fine popcorn texture. Unfortunatley it's hard to find fine. If you go to a drywall distrubutor you might be able to find it. I know USG fine is smaller compared to magnum, for example, so I would go with USG. If it's smaller than that then silica sand might work.

 
tightcoat's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,676
CAL

10-29-11, 05:29 PM   #5  
That texture looks good. What does it not match?

If you need something finer than you can buy try screening it through a window screen

 
roger100's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 66
TX

10-30-11, 01:10 PM   #6  
It may be a fine "popcorn texture"...it was put on during that era. I wasn't very clear about the picture. This is what i am trying to match, my attempts look nothing like this.
Roger

 
tightcoat's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,676
CAL

10-30-11, 02:35 PM   #7  
Get some "acoustic" texture material. Mix a little with water to a consistency of about pancake batter. Use a scrap of drywall or cardboard to practice on. Use a stiff whisk broom and dip it into the stuff then use your finger to rub across the end of the bristles to flick the mud onto the surface. Now if the aggregate is too coarse use the window screen. When you get the right combination of consistency of material and size of aggregate then do the whole patch this way.

 
roger100's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 66
TX

10-31-11, 08:59 AM   #8  
Thanks tightcoat...now that sounds promising. I'll have to give it a try...

 
bluarc's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3
CAL

11-06-11, 02:05 AM   #9  
Bluarc, tips for you.

Rodger I have more than 37 years experience in all matters drywall, metal framing welding, many suspended cielings as well as some carpenter work.

To tell you the truth that texture dose not look good. It is sparse and varies too much in size. Homex dose make a very good texture in a spray can and if I remember right there are three different size spray tips for the diferent sizes of texture you want to match.

I myself prefer the knock-down type texture you get a very nice medium to fine random patern and a flater (more even in depth) surface. It is much more pleasing to the eye. Then there is an orange peel stiple that you can spray with texture but here I prefer the paint roller type stiple again more pleasing to the eye.

If you use a Homex type hand held hopper-sprayer you can change the tips as desired for texture jobs. I have one of these at home and you can even do stuco finish with one on the out side of homes. The main thing here is to mix your texture in a larger container so that you have enough to do a room at a time, to keep the same consiatancy. Practice makes perfect. Have fun!

PS almost forgot I use in my spray hopper generap all purpose taping compound and thin that down as desired with a medium to large mixing tool that attaches to a 1/2 inch drill, dose a great job. For much larger jobs one can use the powder. Still I prefer the all purpose type as it has more glue in it and will not chip off as you sometimes see happen to texture. The less glue the cheaper and the easer to sand.

 
roger100's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 66
TX

11-27-11, 12:52 PM   #10  
I went with the Homex "orange peel" & with a little practice, it blended right in. Thanks for all your suggestions..
Roger

 
Search this Thread