Texture Painting Walls

What You'll Need
Wood putty
Spackling compound
Drywall seam tape (optional)
Putty knife
Sandpaper, various grits ranging from 80 to 220
Electrical hand sander
Primer paint
Masking tape
Drop cloths
Paint brushes and rollers
Safety glasses
Respirator mask

Although the idea of using texture for painting walls may sound complicated and expensive, this technique is easy, quick and very inexpensive. Products and techniques for using texture paint for walls will cover unsightly surfaces, old faded paint and many other hard to hide blemishes like wall cracks. No need to replace drywall or paneling or other too-expensive treatments.

Step 1, Preparation of Painting Area

Begin by moving everything out of the area being painted. Use masking tape to tape off any areas not requiring painting. Use drop cloths diligently, to cover all flooring surfaces. Texture paint for walls is quite thick so that is able to cover blemishes; by the same token, it is very difficult to remove when spilled on other surfaces. Be sure to guard against drips by wiping them up as soon as possible.

Step 2, Surface Preparation

If it is necessary, use drywall seam tape for large cracks. Using a putty knife, generously apply wood putty or spackling compound to surface blemishes, holes or smaller cracks. Apply this covering compounds freely and generously because it should completely fill and cover unsightly surfaces. Allow putty or spackling to dry overnight. Using sandpaper of 80 to 100 grit and the electric sander, lightly begin sanding wall surfaces. If the walls have glossy paint on them, sand these to a dull finish so that the textured paint can adhere well.

Wipe down all wall surfaces to be painted with a clean, dry cloth and then vacuum area thoroughly to remove all dust and compound particles. Next, apply a good primer paint coating to walls, paying extra attention to heavily repaired areas by applying an extra coat of primer. Allow primer to dry thoroughly before applying texture paint.

Step 3, Purchase Texture Paints

There are several options for buying paints which can texture walls and repair surface blemishes. This paint comes in larger 5 gallon containers and is quick and easy to use if you have large areas to cover. The colors are somewhat limited, but will serve most painting jobs.

For smaller applications, at a lesser cost, textured additives can be bought. These additives can be added to wall paints and provide for fine, medium or coarse textured finishes. Less expensive, a package of these additives costs approximately $5.00 and will provide enough texture for approximately 2 to 3 gallons of regular wall paint.

Step 4, Apply Texture for Painting Walls

It would be worthwhile to use a separate container in which to mix the textured additive and the final wall paint before actually applying it to the prepared wall. Experiment with a small, hidden wall surface by applying the textured mix, allowing it to dry and observing the result. If this is satisfactory, mix the additive with the paint to be used and texture paint the remaining wall surface.