More Texture Talk

The TinMan Says

I met the TinMan on alt.home.repair where he used to make his top-drawer advice freely available.  J.P is an honest to god, real home repair professional.  His knowledge of his craft can only be called outstanding.  Originally I thought he sold aluminum siding, but it turns out he adopted the name because an ex said he had no heart.  It's beyond understanding how she could have said this to one of the nicest, friendliest most generous and helpful guys on the web.  

During the preparation of my article on matching texture I asked J.P. to review it.  I incorporated several of his comments, but felt the information below was beyond the scope of my article.  However, it was interesting to me, so I thought it might interest others.   

Those round overlapping swirls (found more on ceilings than walls) are done by using a round brush on a pole. The brush is loaded, bumped into the ceiling and then given about a 1/4 to 1/2 turn... repeat, repeat, repeat each slightly overlapping the next. 

Knock down texture can be applied with any manner of brushes ranging in size from a hand held utility brush all the way up to a garage size floor broom (the latter uses a wheel barrow as a mud pan). The brush is loaded then bumped in a random pattern on the wall (only slight thinning of ready mixed mud is needed). The mud is then "knocked down" with a hand trowel (I find a rounded edge, convex face magnesium or aluminum trowel works best). While this pattern is most often done with application being a hopper gun (and compressed air) the use of a hand trowel is the same. Manual application of the mud produces a more stucco like knock down finish than when a hopper gun is used... this is a good match for many older plaster homes with a Spanish or Mediterranean style rough plaster finish.

Sand texture: Bondex makes a boxed product called Add-a-Tex which is a powdered mix that can be added to paint. Their "fine" works perfect for sand texture or matching sand texture. The reason I spend the money for the mix instead of plain ole sand is that the product tends not to settle out and goes on very consistent.

The spray cans are indeed a good match for many light orange peel texture finishes. There are some spray cans on the market for "popcorn" ceiling finish repairs... none I have ever seen come even close and I list them all a waste of money. For the cost of a Homax hand operated pump (one of the most inexpensive DIY systems out there) and one of their special one gallon jugs of popcorn texture... one can rent a hopper rig from a rental store and do a popcorn repair.

For those DIYers who own a compressor... a good hopper gun runs under a hundred bucks and should last them for a lifetime of repairs.

My pro tip of the day:  Anyone using a drill powered mixer (small or large) to mix drywall mud, plaster, paint, thinset mortar or grout can simply and completely clean the mixing paddle in about three to four seconds by doing the following:  Hold the paddle or mixer into a five gallon bucket (filled about 3/4th with water).  Do not allow the paddle to hit the bottom of the bucket and while holding the shaft suspended, strike the end of the paddle with a hammer three or four times. When you lift the paddle out of the water you will find the vibration from the blows have completely cleaned the paddle in seconds flat!

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