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reglrguy

07:29PM | 01/20/01
Member Since: 01/20/01
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I am about to paint my newly installed drywall and have been told that I can rent a sprayer and spray the texture on using the same joint compound that I taped with. The result should be to coat the walls to achieve that "orange peel" texture. Is that better than using a texture roller & paint? Also, which do you do first: Walls or Ceiling...I'm thinking walls first as the ceiling would be impossible to tape off. NOW, anything better or easier for the ceiling other than that popcorn finish?? Thanks for any tips...

Lawrence

05:22AM | 01/25/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
You can apply texture through a sprayer. However, make sure the sprayer can handle joint compound because most sparayers can only handle the viscosity of plain paint.

Ceilings are better to do first because they are more difficult to work on. (Do the hard part using the easiest method.) If you use a sprayer, you can get a large sheet-metal spray guard which measures about 1 foot by three feet with a big handle on it. Hold it at the corner and slide it as you go. Actually, you should use the sheet metal guard even if you texture with a brush because it provides quicker, better, and easier protection than masking tape.

Popcorn finish should be banned for aesthetic reasons: it is just ugly. There are too many texture finishes available to go over here. For instance, you can brush joint compound in many different ways: circles, seashells semi-circles, random-abstract brush strokes.... Consult a home decor book.

However, I tend to prefer a nice, flat ceiling that creates sharp, crisp lines. It takes only a bit more effort than texturing, but it is really worth it.

rpxlpx

03:52AM | 01/26/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I agree with Lawrence. Popcorn ceilings are bad, smooth ceilings are good. If you ever have damage or a water leak, or if you just want to clean the ceiling, or paint it, popcorn is a problem. A smooth ceiling is as easy to repair, clean, or paint as a smooth wall. A good job can be done by any homeowner. Not necessarily so with popcorn.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited January 26, 2001).]

PattyB

11:19AM | 01/26/01
I happen to have both types of ceilings in my home. Even tho I did a terrific job of finishing the drywall on the ceilings in my house (not my favorite job) I went to work one Sat. and came home to find that my husband had textured LR, Kit., & our BR by bopping them with a circular brush loaded down with diluted lite wt. joint compound. Won't even discuss what my reaction to this creativity was. Yes, they do look interesting and yes, he did a good job. No, would not like it if he touches another ceiling. They are impossible to keep clean, have to sweep them once a week. Are very difficult to paint, needed 4" roller. First time painting took 1 coat primer and 2 finish. Did them 1 1/2 yrs. ago and they need to be redone. I guess if you haven't done such a good job taping & finishing the ceilings this method would hide a multitude of sins, don't think popcorn would cover as well or hold up too well to painting. But, they are your walls and ceilings, the choice is yours.

PattyB

11:19AM | 01/26/01
I happen to have both types of ceilings in my home. Even tho I did a terrific job of finishing the drywall on the ceilings in my house (not my favorite job) I went to work one Sat. and came home to find that my husband had textured LR, Kit., & our BR by bopping them with a circular brush loaded down with diluted lite wt. joint compound. Won't even discuss what my reaction to this creativity was. Yes, they do look interesting and yes, he did a good job. No, would not like it if he touches another ceiling. They are impossible to keep clean, have to sweep them once a week. Are very difficult to paint, needed 4" roller. First time painting took 1 coat primer and 2 finish. Did them 1 1/2 yrs. ago and they need to be redone. I guess if you haven't done such a good job taping & finishing the ceilings this method would hide a multitude of sins, don't think popcorn would cover as well or hold up too well to painting. But, they are your walls and ceilings, the choice is yours.

Clara

03:39PM | 09/23/03
Member Since: 09/22/03
3 lifetime posts
Lawrence...I want the flat surface also for my ceiling and walls. What tool is used to apply the drywall compound in order to get a flat surface? A trowel? Any reply would be greatly appreciated.

Clara

11:42AM | 09/25/03
Member Since: 09/22/03
3 lifetime posts
k2,
Thanks, your reply is very helpful. I've never used drywall compound before. What do you mean by starting with tapered edges? Help!! I now have more questions: Do I need to thin the drywall compound with water before applying to the walls? I think not. I have primed them with Kilz. Do I reprime them after the drywall compound is applied before painting?

Clara

11:56AM | 09/26/03
Member Since: 09/22/03
3 lifetime posts

Hello K2,
Thanks for the great tips and information. I feel like now I can get started. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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