Texture Wall Repair

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Textured walls add style and contrast to rooms, but they can be difficult to repair when damaged. The problem in repairing a textured wall is not fixing the hole or crack itself; the problem is matching the texture so that it is not noticeably different than the rest of your wall. A contractor may recommend redoing the entire wall, if not the entire room, to create one homogeneous texture. The reality is that textured walls are rarely perfect in the first place and you can save a lot of time and money by repairing the area yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bucket
  • Drywall joint compound
  • Atomizer
  • Sponge
  • Paint roller
  • Mix the joint compound according to the manufacturer's label. The compound should have the consistency of sour cream.

  • Spray the wall with water. This helps the joint compound adhere to the wall and set properly.

  • Moisten the sponge, then swipe a glob of joint compound with it. You don't want to take too much compound at any given swipe so you can maintain more control over your work.

  • Press the sponge with the joint compound against the wall covering the crack or hole. Pull the sponge away from the wall starting at the middle and up to the end in a rolling fashion.

  • Use a paint roller for larger patches. Keep the roller going in one direction to keep the texture as uniform as it can possibly be.

  • Allow the compound to set overnight.

  • Repaint the area or the entire wall. The choice depends on how well you can match the paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with pulling the sponge away in different fashions or using the roller in a different pattern. Patch work on textured walls is never perfect. In fact, the original texture is usually filled with mistakes. But the great thing about texture is that you rarely notice mistakes, even if you get close.

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