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Old 01-21-2012, 02:53 AM   #1
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What are the pros and cons of using regular all purpose drywall mud for texturing a ceiling?

Previously I have used a gun and shot ceiling with span-tex. Now doing my own home and have always heard of guys using drywall mud and a special paint roller?

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Why???

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There's no reason you can't do that. Happens every day.
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yea go for it .i don't know anything about span tex , but as far as joint compound i see it in real nice homes every day. youtube has some videos of people doing some nice texturing
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There's lots of ways to do it. After thinning your mud, you can use a regular roller to apply the mud. After applying you can "stomp" it with a stomping brush, roll through it with a texture or rubber roller, or even use a paint brush........just depends on the pattern you want. Some people leave the "stalactites" hanging down, others prefer to knockdown the texture for an antiqued look. Lots of vids on youtube.
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What are the pros and cons of using regular all purpose drywall mud for texturing a ceiling?

Previously I have used a gun and shot ceiling with span-tex. Now doing my own home and have always heard of guys using drywall mud and a special paint roller?
I use dry wall mud all the time to texture ceilings. I like to thin out the mud and use a roller to apply it. Then I'll take a round or oval stipple brush and stamp down what I had rolled. It gives it a starburst type of effect. You can also use a loop roller for a rough texture effect or you can take a trowl and just knock down what you had originally rolled on. That would be called a "knock down" finish.
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Thanks guys. Sometimes it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Rolling iton seems easier and less messy then spraying. Still would plastic everything.
Yeah we often did the knockdown. Spray it on the run my 18" knock down knife over it.
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Thanks guys. Sometimes it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Rolling iton seems easier and less messy then spraying. Still would plastic everything.
Yeah we often did the knockdown. Spray it on the run my 18" knock down knife over it.
Oh no, rolling it on is messy but you can control it a little if you don't roll too quickly. I love the idea of a hopper that shoots the mud on in different thicknesses but it's heavy and you need to plastic off everything.
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Just keep in mind it's going to be a dust catcher, next to imposable to clean, a pain to paint.
There's hundreds of people on this site and others asking how to get texture off of walls and ceilings very few asking how to apply it.
Nope not a fan of texture, but hay it's your house go for it.
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Problem is allready textured before did not want to come off, got it off as best as I could and I removed a closet to make the kitchen bigger, so I had to patch that area in. I may skim coat the entire ceiling and then leave it flat. Haven't decided.
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I have heard you can do that. I have never done it personally, but I've heard you can add some paint and some hardening agents to make sure your texture doesn't chip off (if you are doing a texture with points or something).

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