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Ptron 09-14-2010 01:46 PM

Tips for matching the texture of plaster?
Anyone got any good tips for matching the texture of old plaster? Best I got now is just relying on the texture from a heavy nap roller. I've found sand to be too drastic (although it gets better if you put several heavy coats of paint on it) and orange peel to just isn't right at all.

Edit: I wasn't really clear. I'm talking about painting over draywall patches made in old plaster walls.

mark942 09-15-2010 09:24 AM

Have you tried the spray on plaster? The following is a comment made by another person on this topic.

"If your wall texture is heavy, trying to imitate it perfectly may be a real pain to anyone who hasn’t got a very keen sculpting ability. But never fear, spray-on plaster is available in home improvements stores in various texture densities. This convenient process will replace the finishing plaster step and is easy to apply—just spray a thin, even coat over the last layer of patching plaster, let dry, then primer and paint. It may cost a bit more than creating the pattern yourself with a brush or a putty knife, but for most of us it’s a lot less headache and a lot better result."

Ptron 09-15-2010 11:20 AM

Do they make a spray texture that is a good match for the mellow texture of a plaster wall? The ones I've tried in the past stuck out as different or too drastic and using no texture looked better.

I think the texture of plaster comes from the coarse sand in it, but since it is embedded in the plaster, not to mention probably painted over many times, a coarse sand texture would be way over the top. Fine sand texture tends to not look right either as I recall.

mark942 09-15-2010 02:59 PM

What I have done in past situations where I just can not be happy with a end result is to float out the entire ceiling with compound. Then prime & paint. But that is just me, and I am a sucker for punishment.................:thumbsup:

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