Taping and drywall texture application

After all the taping and mudding is done, you will need to decide if you want to drywall texture the walls. Texturing is very popular right now and it’s very easy to do. If you have a repair project or a small wall to texture, then you would probably be better off getting a few cans of texturing spray. The spray is quite expensive though so if you have a bigger job to do, it’s worth it to get a compressor and a hopper.

There are a few different ways to texture your walls, but I’ll stick with the easiest way. A hopper and an air compressor make texturing a breeze.

You can either use a hopper or a roller. The hopper saves a lot of time, but you’ll need a compressor. This is really messy so be prepared for the spray to get on other things. The mud cleans up really easily though, even after it has dried so if you some on the carpets or drapes don’t worry. It cleans up without problems.


You can decide how heavy you want to spray the texture. There are many different designs, but the two most popular are the thick orange peel coat and the flat orange peel coat.

The only difference is once you have the coat sprayed on; you can smooth it out with a long trowel or a board making a flat texture. You can also make designs with the compound.

wall textures

If you decide to make designs with the drywall compound, just remember that when it hardens it can leave jagged edges.

Ceiling designs are usually a great idea but wall designs within reach might need to be flattened to smoothen out the sharp edges.

That’s about all for mudding and texturing. The house will be stronger, quieter, and it will have a finished look.

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