How can I replicate this light texture?

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Old 02-23-18, 02:13 PM
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How can I replicate this light texture?

This house was built in the 50's using "Rock Lath" plaster walls. I have a square patch from where a wall AC unit was installed. I'd like to skim coat it and match the light pebble finish as shown in the photos. Any idea of how to do it? Sand texture is too fine.
 
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Old 02-23-18, 02:33 PM
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I'd try thinning joint compound down to about paint consistency and rolling it on.
 
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I'll experiment this weekend with a roller, thanks. Probably a thin nap roller?
 
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It depends on how tightly the nap is woven but it gives you a starting point and you can adjust as needed.
 
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Old 02-23-18, 03:04 PM
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Looks to me like you need to get Perlite (sand texture) and mix it with your paint.

Here is one brand that is still sold in stores.

I think the reason it looks too fine is that your existing walls probably have been painted 10x since it was textured. Perlite texture used to come in various sizes, I thought.
 
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Old 02-23-18, 03:16 PM
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Big orange box store used to sell a paint with texture already in it. Only used it once on a patch similar to your situation. It was in the paint department, but not with the other paints. More over where you would find popcorn ceiling texture. That was 8 or 9 years ago.
 
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Old 02-23-18, 08:40 PM
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Yeah I was just in Menards, a local box store, and they literally had an entire 4 ft section of different sand textures and textured paints. I'm sure one of them would come close.

The picture on the front of the bucket sure looked like your texture.
 
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Old 02-23-18, 09:28 PM
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Possible that multiple coats would replicate your current texture pattern. Make sure you overlap into the existing texture a good distance to blend the patch as good as possible.
 
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Thanks for the leads on the textured paints. I'll look into those. I couldn't replicate the texture using a roller with thinned compound...
 
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