- Dust mask
- Safety glasses
- Corded drill
- Mixing paddle
- Knockdown knife/ squeegee
- Drop cloth
- Masking tape
- Plastic sheeting
- 5-gallon bucket
- Texture material popcorn or knockdown
- Extension cord
Are you working in a new construction site, such as an unfinished basement or a bathroom remodel? Or are you working in a finished room that you're planning to add texture to the walls or ceilings?
Step 1 - Prepare the working place
Texturing can be a messy job. So if it is new construction you don't really need to worry about getting texture on the walls or floors it can be clean-up afterwards with a wide utility knife, as the material can be scraped right off.
To save you some clean-up, it would be wise to cover windows.
Working in a finished room, you'll want to remove all the furniture, cover the floors, walls and remove any light fixtures in the room.
Once the room is prepared, you can begin to mix the texture material. Follow manufacturer's guidelines for getting the material the right consistency.
Step 1 - Mixing the texture material
In general, the material thickness should be similar to pancake batter or oatmeal. Let the material set for about 10-15 minutes following the instructions. It will also depend if you want a popcorn ceiling or knockdown.
Step 2 - Testing your sprayer
Use a sprayer, Wagner Power Tex, to apply the material. Test spraying the material on some cardboard or wood to get the correct flow rate and speed of moving the sprayer across the surface.
Once you are ready to begin, another suggestion is to start in a corner or in a closet get more familiar with the operation
The method of spraying the material will depend on what type of look you desire.
Step 3 - Intensity of spraying depends on the surface
For a knockdown ceiling, the material will need to be sprayed thinner, so once the material sets you can squeegee to flatten material across the surface, once it dried it will need to be painted. For a popcorn ceiling the material will be sprayed on thicker and once it is dried it won't need to be painted.