Smoothing a Textured Wall

What You'll Need
An absorbent sponge
Safety glasses
Putty knife
Paint brush
Paint primer
Protective dust mask
Joint compound

If you're interested in smoothing a textured wall, you may be wondering how to tackle the smoothing process. If so, you'll be pleased to know that smoothing a textured wall can be a fairly simple undertaking, particularly if you're armed with a thorough set of instructions and the right set of tools. Read on to learn everything you'll need to know about smoothing a textured wall.

Step 1 - Apply Your Sandpaper

Begin by using your sandpaper to sand down any areas of the wall where the texture is particularly deep. Once those areas have been sufficiently sanded, use a lightly dampened sponge or washcloth to wipe away any resulting dust particles. When performing this step, make sure to wear your protective mask and safety glasses, as sanding will produce a considerable amount of dust. 

Step 2 - Apply Your Paint Primer

If your textured wall was painted with flat paint, you can skip this step. If not, use a paint brush to apply primer to your wall in broad, even strokes. Once you've applied your primer to the entire wall, allow it to have at least an hour of drying time. When applying your primer, make sure you're wearing your protective mask and working in a well-ventilated area. Paint primer produces a number of potent fumes, so it's important to protect yourself, particularly if you're tackling a time-consuming task like wall smoothing. Additionally, if at any point you feel yourself becoming dizzy or light-headed, take an extended break or stop working for the day.

Step 3 - Apply Your Joint Compound

Now that your paint primer has been given ample time to dry, you are ready to apply your joint compound. Use your putty knife to apply your joint compound in broad, even strokes. You may need to consult your compound's packaging to determine how much of the substance you should use, but you will generally need to apply two or three coats. Take care not to sand your wall between coat applications. After the compound has fully dried, use a clean putty knife to scrape away any remaining textured spots. In much the same fashion as the previous two steps, make sure to don your protective mask and safety glasses in order to shield yourself from fumes and debris.

Step 4 - Apply Your Finishing Touches

Consult your joint compound's packing to determine how much drying time to give it, although most compounds will need at least twenty-four hours of drying time. Once the compound has fully dried, use your sandpaper to give the wall one last smoothing, then use a dampened sponge or washcloth to wipe away the resulting dust. Once again, make sure to wear your protective gear when performing this final step.

When smoothing a textured wall, just remember these four easy steps and your wall will be smooth in no time.