How to Apply Textured Paint to a Wall

What You'll Need
Textured Paint
Paint Roller
Sugar Soap
Rubber Gloves

Using a textured paint finish on a wall is a great way to add extra interest to the wall and also conceal many defects. Textured walls might also be in keeping with certain types of decor and property.

Applying textured paints to walls is actually very easy and doesn't take long to do. As long as you have the right tools and materials there is no reason why this will be any more difficult than painting a wall with regular paint.

Step 1 - Filling Holes

Before painting the wall with anything it is important that you spend some time filling any holes in your wall using compound. This should be pressed into all of the holes and then sanded off so that it's flat against the wall. This process may need to be repeated several times until the hole is barely noticeable.

Any cracks may need to be chiseled out slightly so that the compound can stick securely in the gap.

Step 2 - Cleaning the Wall

Scrape over the walls using a scraper to identify any patches of glue, or any other debris on your walls. Now clean the wall to make sure that it's free of dirt and grime. One of the easiest ways to do this is using sugar soap. Mix some sugar soap with water and then wipe it over the walls using a cloth. Repeat until the walls are clean.

Sugar soap can be quite nasty and so you should wear some rubber gloves to protect your hands.

If you are applying the textured finish on top of existing paint work then you should first sand this down so that the primer can stick to the paint.

Step 3 - Priming the Walls

Next it's time to prime the walls using a high quality primer. Only one coat of primer will normally be required. It's a good idea to use the same brand of paint and primer so that they are known to work well together.

Step 4 - Applying the Paint

Now use a roller to apply the textured paint to the walls. Start by working on small sections of the wall. Also you will find it easier to work with paint which dries slower because this will give you longer to perfect the texture. Repeat until the whole wall is covered in the textured paint.

It's now necessary to wait at least 24 hours before doing anything else to the wall. This will ensure that the paint will be completely dry before applying other coats of paint.

Step 5 - Painting the Textured Paint

Most textured paints are white and it's not a good idea to try tinting them before you apply them to the wall. Instead you must wait until the textured paint has dried. You will then be able to paint over the top with your chosen color. This gives you the texture and the color you want very easily.