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Old 09-28-2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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I tried over on the paint side and haven't gotten any responses so I figured I would try here too.

We are doing some renovation work and there are a number of places where new drywall now joins existing walls or ceilings (a mix of painted plaster and drywall). The new drywall and mud were sealed with Zinnser Guardz and then primed with 123 but the textures of the new are not a particularly good match for the existing. Existing walls are not really textured in the popcorn hide a mess sense of the word, but they definitely not as smooth and are little more orange peely than the new work. I'm looking for ideas to blend things better. I've been using a 3/8" roller but I'm thinking something a little longer might make the patches and new work less obvious. I'm hoping to avoid high build primer and sanding everything. Suggestions would be welcome. Thanks!

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Old 09-28-2010, 07:33 PM   #2
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I think you need a longer nap on your roller to give a better textured look, I once saw a texture roller at HD, never used one but it might be worth a try, also if your wall texture looks like orange peel they make a spray can mix you can try but you may have too much area to cover, I have tried the spray can popcorn for a small repair job that turned out really well. I would opt for a different roller......
are you using paint? you might consider mixing in a small amount of drywall mud which will help with that textured look...


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Old 09-30-2010, 12:23 PM   #3
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Matching it will be a *****. So is sanding. Grab a 12 inch knife and scrape the wall. After you've scrapped the wall you will have a somewhat uniform depth. Now spray texture the wall. Should turn out fine.
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