How to Use a Texture Sprayer


A good way to cover that less than perfect drywall job is to apply a texture onto your wall. One way to apply a texture is to use a texture gun that shoots drywall joint compound onto a wall using compressed air from a air compressor. If you choose to do the drywall texture yourself, it can be a quick, effective process at giving a new look to a room for a very low cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Drywall texture compound
  • Water
  • Electric drill
  • Mixing paddle
  • Texture gun
  • Air compressor
  • Air compressor hose
  • 4-inch wide drywall or putty knife
  • Mix drywall joint compound with water. Add approximately 2 to 4 quarts of water to a 5-gallon bucket. Use a electric drill with a mixing paddle to make sure there are no lumps in the mixture. The consistency will be like pancake batter or thick paint.

  • Load the compound mixture into the texture gun's hopper. Only fill the hopper about 1/2 way full. Remember that you will be holding the texture gun for the entire job and it will get heavy.

  • Connect the texture gun to the air compressor and adjust the air flow according to manufacturer's specifications found in the owner's manual. Generally this is around 90 p.s.i. for most texture guns.

  • Select the proper nozzle for your application. The larger the nozzle, the heavier the pattern. Adjust the trigger and the pressure until you have the application you want.

  • Stand 3 or 4 feet back from drywall and spray the texture onto the wall with a smooth and even back and forth motion. Stop and check periodically that you're not missing spots and that the texture is going on evenly. Scrape down any places where the texture is too heavy with a 4-inch wide drywall or putty knife.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice your texture technique on a scrap piece of drywall before starting your project.
  • Spraying a texture can be a messy job make sure to cover any furniture, windows or walls you don't want to get texture on.
  • Always wear eye protection when using a texture gun.

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