How to Mix Joint Compound for an Orange Peel Texture

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Orange peel is a style of texture that is applied to a wall. Similar to knockdown texture, orange peel, as the name implies, leaves the wall or ceiling with a bumpy surface. Although orange peel texture is available in pre-mixed containers, it can also be made by mixing drywall joint compound with water. Both all-pourpose drywall joint compound and topping compound can be used. However, they have different consistencies, so the amount of water added will depend on the compound used.

Things You'll Need

  • Joint compound
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Water
  • Electric drill
  • Mixing paddle
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Spray hopper
  • Fill half of a 5-gallon bucket with joint compound.

  • Attach the mixing paddle to the electric drill and plunge the paddle into the compound.

  • Pour 4 cups of water into the bucket and turn the drill on to start mixing. Use a slow speed to mix.

  • Work the paddle up and down and around the bucket. Ensure that all of the compound is thoroughly mixed.

  • Lift the paddle out of the bucket and look at the consistency of the mixture. It should be soupy and runny. If the compound is too thick, add 1 cup of water at a time and re-mix. If it is too watery, add some more joint compound and re-mix.

  • Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, then re-mix again. When all of the lumps are out and the mixture is of a smooth consistency, it is ready to pour into a spray hopper.

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