Using a Texture Gun on an Unfinished Wall Using a Texture Gun on an Unfinished Wall

You can add some interesting texture effects to drywall using a texture gun. There are several different types of texture guns but the easiest to use are those with a self contained pressure pump and hopper.

General points to bear in mind:

Practice Before Starting

Using a pressure gun is not as easy as it looks so practice before you try it for real. Use a large cardboard carton and cover parts until you are confident you are spraying enough of the texture mixture and getting the effect you need

Small Blemishes in the Wall

A major benefit of using a texture gun is that the surface you are texturing doesn’t have to be perfect. The texture will hide all small blemishes and even disguise some larger ones


Always wear protection against breathing in the texture mix or fumes. Ideally you should wear a respirator while using the texture gun.

Test the Texture

Experiment with the consistency of the texture mix to see if you can improve the covering quality or the speed at which the texture is applied.

Check Nozzle Setting and Results

If the texture gun you are using has a selection of nozzle settings, it is worth spending time to discover the one that gives you the best results.

Spraying Distance

You need to spray from about 3 feet away from the wall to get a good even covering.

Take Your Time

You cannot rush spraying the texture mix so always aim to get a good thickness on the wall with a slow and steady action

Protect Room Contents

Cover all carpets and furniture in the room where you are spraying. No matter how careful you are the texture mixture will go everywhere

Face Plates and Vents

Remove all electrical outlet covers and blank off the openings

Protect Adjacent Walls

Adjacent walls and ceilings need to be covered if they are not to be textured as well as do any skirting or base boards

Texture in Sections

You can use just about anything to create a texture. Old paint brushes can be used to create flowing patterns while you can use your hands and fingers to draw in any type of pattern that appeals to you but remember you can only add texture while the mixture is wet so you will have to do the texturing over each area as you finish spraying

Depth of Texture Sprayed

An ideal thickness for each texture layer is an eighth of an inch but you can alter the consistency of the mixture and have a thicker layer if you want a really bold texture

The secret to getting good results with a texture gun is plenty of practice and lots of patience. Like many simple jobs, the professionals make it look so easy. You will realise how much skill you will develop the very first time you use a texture gun because it is so unlike most painting techniques. It helps that if you make a mistake you can easily cover it over and no-one will be any the wiser.

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