spray can texture over damage drywall

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Old 08-08-06, 12:10 PM
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Question spray can texture over damage drywall

I am currently removing wallpaper from my bathroom that is the original wallpaper from when the house was built 10 yrs ago. I am running into the same problem as most: when I peel the wallpaper off, the drywall paper comes off too to reveal the brown part of the drywall. I want to end up texturing the walls for paint, and I am currently looking into the texture from the spray can. 2 Questions: Does this stuff work? (I had a friend whose contractor used it quite nicely on his already good looking walls) and Do I need to do any prep work on the areas of the drywall that has nothing but the brown paper exposed? I'm still working on the removal of the wallpaper, so any suggestions that would make the texturing go easier would be greatly appreciated too. Thanks in advance. This site is great, wish I had found it sooner for other jobs!!
 
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Old 08-08-06, 12:18 PM
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The walls should be skim coated with joint compound to smooth them out if they end up pretty rough. If the drywall paper is missing in large spots, they should be sealed to prevent the moisture in the joint compound from interacting with the gypsum in the wallboard. Zinsser makes a product just for this called Gardz.

Spray can texture is ok for small areas (assuming you have good technique), but for large areas a hopper would be better. If you want to try the spray can, try it out on something other than your walls (scrap pieces of plywood or drywall work well) until you're able to apply the texture to your liking.
 
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Old 08-08-06, 12:26 PM
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I've seen the references to the Gardz. Does it dry hard?
And I'm sorry but what do you mean by using a hopper? I'm doing a pretty good sized bathroom and will be applying the texture around doorfacings, bathtub surround, and a very large mirror that cannot be taken down unless it is broken into pieces.
 
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A hopper gun is what is commonly used to spray texture. Imagine a funnel shaped bucket on top of a spray gun. For large areas you mix up the texture, pour it in the hopper and spray it on the wall. All with using the right air pressure and texture mixture, of course

Gardz will dry hard, the main thing is that it will seal any unfaced gypsum.

I have heard mixed results from diyers using texture in a spray can, I don't know any pros that like them. That is not to say that it isn't possible to get a good job with them.
 
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Old 08-08-06, 02:35 PM
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When I used the spray can method, it was quite easy though like Mitch said...you probably should practice first-either way with the can or the hopper gun. Practicing will give you a feel for how much pressure to release, stroke techniques and distance (how far to stand). If you are using the can... it has directions on it.

I believe you can rent the hopping gun and/or you can buy one too. I guess depending on how much time you think it will take you and how much product you're going to need...decide from there. Also, consider how much $$$ you want to spend unless that's the least of your concern.

Also, when you do start spraying your walls, make sure you put cardboard or some type of covering on your floors and your mirror, door, etc. so the spray doesn't get all over. (I guess that's obvious but I just wanted to mention that for the "just in case you didn't know"... ). I got too excited when I did my walls and... Keep a wet rag or towel near you too.

Have fun!

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Old 08-08-06, 02:51 PM
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Thank you all for your tips. I've wallpapered and painted many times before, but this is the first time I've removed wallpaper and tried to put texture on the drywall. And I thought going into this project that the hardest thing I would have to do is pick the right color paint I'm still not sure if I should attempt the spray approach or just roll on a wall mud texture. I'll keep checking back for any more great hints.
 
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Old 08-08-06, 03:15 PM
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Don't worry...it really won't be that bad.

Not to speak for the pros but they probably don't use the spray cans b/c that's why they're the pros! Since DIY'ers don't do this everyday...we need the spray can.

This might seem like a lot of work or something to grasp but sit back and relax, take your time...enjoy...
 
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Old 08-08-06, 06:43 PM
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I believe you can rent the hopping gun and/or you can buy one too.

They can be rented, since a hopper gun is air powered it also requires the use of an air compressor.
 
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