Ceiling Texture: Paint or Plaster?


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Old 03-17-16, 06:03 PM
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Ceiling Texture: Paint or Plaster?

Trying to touch up this ceiling texture after removing some kitchen cabinets and doing some patching. Tried to use joint compound to recreate, didn't look very good. A couple people, including a plaster guy, said it was probably paint. If so, what tool or technique was used? I read about thickening paint with joint compound, would this be helpful? Seems thicker than regular paint, and thicker strokes than a regular brush. Thanks for the advice!

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Old 03-18-16, 02:53 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

That doesn't look like texture paint to me. I've never heard of j/c being added to paint to thicken it up but it isn't uncommon for paint to be added to texture to make it less water soluble.

How did you go about trying to match the texture with j/c? Did you thin the j/c any? how did you apply it to the ceiling? I'd try thinning the j/c down to around paint consistency and smear it on with a sponge. If it doesn't look right you can wipe the texture back off with a wet sponge.
 
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Old 03-24-16, 06:13 PM
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We did thin the joint compound down a bit, although still pretty thick. We had issues with the compound clumping. We tried to apply with a roller, which left clumps, and a brush, we created lines that were too thin and close together.
 
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Old 03-25-16, 02:59 AM
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I suspect the reason the j/c clumped was because it was too thick or maybe because it wasn't mixed thoroughly. Without knowing exactly how the texture was originally done it will take some experimenting.
 
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Thanks Mark! Did some experimenting, getting closer but not quite there yet. Any type of sponge work better?
 
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Old 04-02-16, 11:08 AM
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Generally a big fat coarse sponge works best for texturing .... but you can experiment and see what works best to replicate it.
 
 

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