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Knock-down texture

Posted by Brad on October 8th, 1999 06:59 PM
In reply to Knock down drywall texturing by Pete on October 8th, 1999 08:34 AM [Go to top of thread]

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There are probably a number of ways to do this. The way we used to use was to simply spray on the texture like an orange-peel using a hopper-gun sprayer (you can rent one from the paint store), wait until the texture starts to become slightly firm. How long you wait will depend upon the humidity and whether the walls already have paint on them, and probably several other things unique to your application. When miximg your mud, use a new bucket of mud, clean all of the dry chunks off the top, and mix it very well with about 5 gallons to a quart of water to start. It's about right when a handful of the mud will just start to run easily between your fingers. I've heard that adding about a half-cup of liquid dishwashing soap helps your knife slide when you are actually knocking it down, but I've never found that it makes much difference. As far as tools, once the texture has dried just right, lightly slide a 10 to 12 inch broad-knife over the surface to flatten the tecture and get the "knock-down" look. Start your knifing at the corners/edges and use random motions to get an even look. Wipe your knive on a pan or hawk after every time you slide it across the wall. When you get a chunk in it, pick it out and knife over it again from a different direction. When its dry, sand VERY lightly with a light grit paper. Oh, and use tape, paper, and plastic sheeting very lavishly. You're going to make a mess.
Hope this helps,

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