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How to Apply Knockdown Texture?
Knockdown texture is visually appealing, and it's a great way to hide every small imperfection on the surface. It is a very popular texture that has been used in many new modern construction or buildings in the United States since the 1990s.
There are three different types of knockdown texture available, depending on your needs. You can follow the steps on applying knockdown texture in your home. You can always get help from a professional service texture pro if you don't want to go through all the hassle.
Three Types of Knockdown Texture
There are three original types of knockdown texture: splatter, stomp, and mud trowel. Each of these textures has its unique look and requires distinct tools and techniques. Here are those three types of knockdown textures’ details,
Splatter has the classic look of Spanish lace stucco, and it is the most popular knockdown texture. Its custom and splotchy pattern made it the most preferred knockdown texture. To create this finish
This technique needs a drywall hopper gun, which requires more initial installation time than other methods. But after finishing the setup, the process should be quick and less tiring. You can even splatter small surface areas in a house. But larger area surfaces can take up to a day to complete. The finish of this texture is made from mud and water; you can adjust it with pressure to form its peaks.
The stomp method makes more of a rougher surface than the splatter or mud trowel techniques. But with deeper valleys and higher ridges, stomp textures can become unique and interesting. To achieve stomp texture, you have to,
The stomp method needs a paint roller to apply the compound to the drywall surface. Do not be surprised if the process takes longer than you thought because it takes time to form this unique texture.
Mud trowel, also called skip trowel, provides the most subtle and smoothest finish than splatter or stomp. Here’s the process to get mud trowel texture,
To get this hand troweling finishing perfectly, you need lots of patience, which makes this technique time-consuming.
How to Apply Knockdown Texture
Prepping the Room and Your Materials
Take out all the furniture, fixtures, outlets, and paintings everything from the room. If you take out all the furniture from the room, it will be a lot easier to texture the ceilings or walls.
If there is any heavy furniture you can’t move, then cover it with plastic sheeting. Turn off the power lines to take out wall-mounted fans, light fixtures, hangings and use masking tape to cover up the electric baseboards, wall, or ceiling joists to protect them from overspray.
Smooth The Surface
You can put knockdown texture to either bare or painted drywall as long as the ceiling surface is smooth and flawless. Clean the older ceiling with an appropriate cleanser.
Put on your protective glass and gloves and apply the spackling compound to holes and cracks to prepare the surface. Let it dry according to package instructions and sand it with a fine-grit sandpaper.
Assemble the gun
Attach the hopper or basin onto the top of the drywall hopper or spray gun. Connect the spray gun and air compressor to the air hose. Fix the spray nozzle measuring 8 to 12 millimeters (best for knockdown texture) to the tip of the spray gun.
Mix the joint drywall compound
Use an un-aggregated drywall joint compound powder to make knockdown texture but avoid rapid-set varieties as they dry out faster. In a two-gallon bucket, add 2inch of water, 1.5 gals of drywall joint compound powder, and combine the mixture using a power drill with a paddle attachment. Keep mixing until the mud is lump-free.
Test the mud
Scoop out some mud with a small drywall knife and then tilt it at a 30-degree angle to test it. If the mud slides down easily, it's at a proper thin level; if not, add more water, mix, and check again.
Let the mud mixture rest for 15 minutes to soak up completely, then stir it to light and drill once more. When the mud is like a pancake batter, then transfer it into the hopper.
Select your optimal spraying speed
Set the pressure to 30 to 40 psi, place the air compressor in the grounded wall outlet, turn on the air valve, and then the compressor. Start spraying mud on the drywall, keep the distance at least 18inch away and continuously spray in even motion.
As you spray, you will understand which texture you are having. If you spray slower, you will have a heavier and more noticeable texture, but the rapid spray will give you a light and thin texture.
Splatter the surface
Once you have understood the speed, trigger the drywall hopper gun to splatter the intended wall or ceiling in three-foot sections from a distance of roughly 18 inches away.
Do the knockdown
Let the texture dry slightly or lose its wet shine that will take at least 10 to 15 minutes. Join knockdown knife to an extension pole and slide the borders in a single and straight like down the ceiling.
Your goal is to level the peaks of wall texture, not smooth it all but at least erase it. Wipe the edges with the drywall knife with a water-dampened rag.
Repeat the procedure by alternating between putting on mud and knocking down the texture in the intended area you have covered.
Let dry and finish
Let the drywall mud dry completely by letting it sit for a few hours or overnight before taking out the masking tape, tarn, and returning the wall hangings and fixtures. If you want to paint the knockdown texture, then wait for a week or several days before priming and painting.