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christina0806 01-30-2013 12:03 AM

Flat drywall patch
I repaired a small spot on my already painted wall. Now that it is dry and sanded and has a few coats of paint on it, I can see where the rest of the wall has some texture but this patch is smooth. Is there a way I can give this spot some texture?

joecaption 01-30-2013 12:11 AM

Try a deeper nap roller.

cdaniels 01-30-2013 12:20 AM

Hi Christina,did you brush the patched spot instead of rolling it like the rest of the wall? If so,that's why you are seeing a change in the texture.Try rolling the patched area.It may take a few coats with a roller to get it to look about the same.

jsheridan 01-30-2013 06:05 AM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1105394)
Try a deeper nap roller.

Nice try. No. The patch varies because it doesn't have the texture results of multiple, layered rolled coats, you're not going to reproduce it with a heavier nap. That could make it uglier. I think cdaniels hit it.

Gymschu 01-30-2013 06:40 AM

Sometimes it's just something you have to live with. There's just no way to replicate all the years of paint application on your wall that leaves the texture. Now, if it's a new home, perhaps there is a light stipple/texture APPLIED to the walls. In that case, you have to go through a process of matching that texture with some joint compound and that is a whole 'nother ball of wax.

jsheridan 01-30-2013 06:44 AM

Good point about the "living with" Gym. That and be thankful you're not using satin.:eek: It's an everyday texture flash.

christina0806 01-30-2013 08:51 AM

flat drywall patch
Thanks for replying to this. I will try to do multiple coats over the spot and see if that helps. If this spot was higher on the wall I could hang a picture over it but it is about waist high so very noticeable.

jsheridan 01-30-2013 12:38 PM

Christina, I would use a mini roller, 4 inches, with a shorter nap, 3/8 - 1/2, and try to apply just to the patched area itself without going into the non-patched areas, then apply a full coat to the wall.
The texture of the wall prior to you patching is a product of years of coats of paint and multiple variables, it's unique. If you put say five coats on the patch to increase its texture and roll that out over the non-patched areas, you are now altering the texture of the non-patched areas that surround the patch creating a "ring" around the patch, and three different textures/paint thickness on the same wall, instead of two. Light can expose the slightest variations in texture/paint thickness, especially sidelight, and apparently you have that if you can see it so clearly with a flat, either that or you're OCD.:laughing: Which could be the case.
I hate to sound technical (that's a lie) nor seem to split hairs (that is too) but you can sometimes make a bad situation worse if you're not careful or thoughtful. Can I get a witness?

christina0806 01-30-2013 01:55 PM

What do you mean see is so clearly with a flat? Do you mean flat paint? I am using semi gloss latex with a primer in it. I have a short roller i will put multiple coats on the spot and see if I can give it a little texture. Thanks

jsheridan 01-30-2013 02:54 PM

Sorry, I don't know where I picked up flat, maybe assumption. That's going to be a much tougher job with semi-gloss, since it reflects so much light, as opposed to flat which reflects little to none. You're going to have to have a much lower standard as to what you can live with. Perfection is not in the cards. I'm not being a naysayer as much as I'm trying to manage your expectations.

christina0806 01-30-2013 03:16 PM

haha thanks. I am not good at accepting anything but really good. I will try to use the small roller and put multiple coats on the spot only. thanks for the great tips and advice.

brockmiera 01-30-2013 04:42 PM

I just read the first post and wonder, are you trying to match a texture like eggshell or knockdown or stomp? I dont think you can accomplish that with paint. That has to be done with thinned joint compound prior to painting I'm pretty sure.

chrisn 01-30-2013 04:52 PM

Now that the semi gloss comes to light, you are going to have a VERY difficult time making that disappear. You are going to have to do as explained already , then paint the whole blasted wall. Might I ask why are you using semi on a wall?:huh:

ToolSeeker 01-30-2013 05:46 PM

Also the texture could be a small orange peel. Even if it was stipple from a roller I would go to the box store and get a can of orange peel texture, set it on a very fine spray, try it on a piece of cardboard till it comes close to a match. I would try this before 4 or 5 coats with a roller. And as stated with semi gloss it won't completely hide. And if this works prime the texture with real primer before you paint it.

christina0806 01-30-2013 10:30 PM

I have always used semi gloss on my walls. It washes good that is why I won't use flat it is dull looking and doesn't wash well. What else would I use if I didnt use semi gloss?

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