How to Sand Texture Drywall

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Applying different texture surfacing to walls made from sheetrock (drywall) is an excellent way to dress up a surface, either during the initial construction or as a remodeling strategy.Sand texture is a commonly used method. Let's take a look at some of the important parts of the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Joint compound
  • Application tools
  • Sand
  • Gather your materials. You'll need joint compound, sand (white quartz sand works best) and various application tools. The tools can vary, depending on the effect you're trying to create. Trowels, stiff brushes, or even sponges can be used.

  • Using a piece of drywall independent of the wall, experiment with different application techniques and tools, joint compound thicknesses, plus amounts and grain size of sand. Experimentation before you begin is essential to a satisfactory finished product.

  • Use you've decided on your technique, prepare the surface you'll be applying the sand texture to. Be sure it is in proper repair, clean, and dry. Some prefer to prime the wall with an all-purpose primer before beginning the application.

  • Work steadily on the surfaces you'll be texturing -- don't rush through the job. If you're persistent, and have done some practice and experimentation ahead of time, you're certain to get a result you're happy with.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice and preparation are the key to success. Don't be afraid to experiment.

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