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Old 04-02-2010, 11:19 PM   #1
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I'm doing some work in my home, and I'd like to "keep up with the times". I know that for many years now, people have been building and finishing drywall with a knockdown texture as somewhat of a standard. Is this still "in"? Is there another technique that is newer or more stylish????

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I'm doing some work in my home, and I'd like to "keep up with the times". I know that for many years now, people have been building and finishing drywall with a knockdown texture as somewhat of a standard. Is this still "in"? Is there another technique that is newer or more stylish????
It's considered low-end in my neck of the woods. Often used to hide bad drywall work.

A big problem is maintaining it over time, if you ever have to cut into the wall for something getting the resulting patch to blend in is a PITA.

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It's considered low-end in my neck of the woods. Often used to hide bad drywall work.
A big problem is maintaining it over time, if you ever have to cut into the wall for something getting the resulting patch to blend in is a PITA.

I believe it is considered "low end" everywhere and has never been the "in" look and certainly is not stylish
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wow, that's odd, many of the new homes I've been in in th last 5 years have knockdown... So if not knockdown, what other surface finish is "in" for painted drywall???
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Smooth.
All the cool kids are doin' it.
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Old 04-03-2010, 02:35 PM   #8
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Skip, Santa Fe, smooth...they all look better then knock down or "Spanish lace" as we call it here. The Santa Fe looks better in terms of a 90/10 rather than a 80/20 or less. Then it just starts to look like a horrible skip.
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What passes for the in look... are the cost cutting techniques used by cookie cutter builders.

victims have been the full back splash in the kitchen... norm is now 4" and no metal trim.. (they drove the trim guys out of Biz..)

A smooth super slick and creamy ceiling or wall is the most cosly to produce... mimicing, but short of ... A+ plaster work.

SOto your question) new trend is still... might be really watered down... single knock down on oreintal drywall.

Do you want trendy.. or classic hold the value for resale...?

Like the song ..it's your.... do what you wanna do...

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What about for the ceiling? Is smooth better than a knockdown?
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This would be the best you can do to your drywall.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ4px...eature=related

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I've never had anything but smooth...
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My opinion is , if the house is a basic house with no frills then i would knock it down , if the house is a 2 million dollar house with fancy 20,000 tiles, woodwork, cabinets etc , then smoth is the way to go . i dont really like smooth unless there are other fancy details in the house to focus on, a smooth ceiling compliments those , where as a knockdown can make up for lack of charactor on a basic no frills house. just my observation but i prefer hand textures to knock downs though but more $$$ ..so they both have their places , also there are differnt quality knockdowns out there ... if your hiring a sprayer id ask for a sample as knockdowns can be quite different from 1sprayer to another .
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Is an "orange peel" considered a knockdown or hand texture?
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Is an "orange peel" considered a knockdown or hand texture?
Orange Peel ....sprayed on texture

Knockdown..is sprayed on then worked by hand with (wide knife)

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