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Old 05-10-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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Need Help with Wall Texture

Ok, so I've just recently finished repairing and re-moding some walls around the house. The walls are orangepeel and I am having a hard time finding how to match the texture.

I've tried a can of "spray tex" idustrial orange peel but the texture turns out much finer. I need bigger blobs in my orange peel! Any reccomendations will be greatly appreciated!



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Old 05-10-2008, 11:19 PM   #2
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I've got that effect using a 3" nap paint roller and laying the paint on super thick.

You should post this in the painting section. There's probably someone in there that could give good suggestions.

So much of it is trial and error to find the right technique. Keep testing in out of the way spots to find the right mix.

If you really want an orange peel texture you have to do it "like" the pros do it. Orange peel is a splatte coat of thinned joint compound sprayed on with a splatter or texturing gun. Now you can buy a texture gun, good enough for small jobs and apply orange peel which will match the original, from Harbor Freight Tools. Go to their website and you can order one. You'll need a 5 gpm. compressor to run it. I bought mine for around $30.00, years ago, but they are worth every cent if you want to match the original properly. They are simple to use and come with instructions. With a little practice you'll be able to do a fine job. They are messy to use however, and you'll have to be sure to mask off any place you don't want overspray, especially the floor. Good luck HM


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Old 06-03-2008, 09:52 PM   #3
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I have a wallboard brand texture gun. To get a heavy orange peel I need to-

Thin standard joint compound down to a loose pancake batter consistency.
Use the smallest of the three tips provided.
Set the spray limiting screw down to allow about 1/3 total travel of trigger.
Set pressure at the compressor down to between 12-15 pounds.

Try to mix enough joint compound for the entire job. This will let you
do practice sprays to adjust gun and pressure settings to work
with the consistency of the joint compound.

I've found that a 12x14 bedroom with closet, sprayed all walls and ceiling
in heavy orange peel uses about 5 gallons of mix.

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