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Old 12-06-2007, 09:12 AM   #1
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I need to paint a small room, and want to use textured paint. Is it better to buy a paint that is already textured (Valspar), or to buy the texture mix and add it to the paint? Also can you use a roller to apply these paints?

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I think in general you can get a better mix (more even texture) with the factory textured paint
But you still have to take care to continue mixing while applying

That doesn't mean with a little effort one can't get a DIY mix to work, and work well
Just in general with the pre-mixed I think it might be a little easier

Of course that could depend on the texture also

And yes a roller should be fine
But again, it could depend on the texture
...there could be textures where it's not advised
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Pratt and Lambert makes a couple of textured products. They spec a specific kind of rollers for their stuff. Honestly though I've had people use P&L's roller and normal Wooster rollers with it and have good luck either way, so I don't think the roller is as important as they want you to believe.
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Thanks for the input
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I recently re-textured our living room. I went with an additive from Menards. (Can't think of the name of it right now. They had fine, medium, and coarse. We went medium)

Here's what I noticed.

1. You need WAY more paint to cover the walls than you do for straight paint. I went through almost a gallon of paint that I added the texture to when I could have painted the same area with about 1.5 quarts of regular paint.

2. I noticed that the texture really didn't adhere to the wall when you first put it on. What worked best for me was to roll the paint onto a workable area, then go back when the paint was "tacky" and all sorts of texture then adhered to the wall. Takes a bit of getting used to to get even texture. There's some over-textured areas on my walls, and some that are under-textured but unless you're really looking for it (as I do since I painted it) you wouldn't notice.

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