Tips on Painting Knockdown Textured Surfaces


Knockdown textured walls are popular in many homes and apartments. The texturing looks similar to adobe textured walls. Knockdown texture is created with drywall mud and is often used to cover imperfections in drywall. Painting knockdown texturing is a little more difficult than painting a smooth surface. A few tips can help you get the perfect paint finish on your knockdown textured walls.

Amount of Paint

  • Many homeowners don't purchase enough paint when they begin a painting project. In their efforts to save money and time they try to make the paint stretch to cover the walls. This technique only works if you have relatively flat walls. Walls with knockdown textured surfaces need more paint for good coverage. Purchase enough paint for the project before you get started. When you dip the paint roller in the paint it should have a generous amount of paint on it.


  • There are many different types of paint rollers that can be purchased. Painting knockdown textured walls or surfaces requires a looped, high-nap paint roller. Paint rollers that have a higher nap are able to reach into the crevices of the knockdown texture with ease. Stay away from paint rollers that are foam. High nap rollers have a thick cushion area on the roller. The roller packaging will typically indicate that it is to be used on textured walls.


  • A good quality paintbrush should be used to cut in around ceilings, moldings and corners of the walls. When you are painting knockdown textured walls, a paintbrush should be used on the main surface of the walls. Even with the right kind of paint roller, the paint will be dispersed unevenly on the wall. Smooth out the uneven paint as necessary with a paintbrush. Paint can pool in the knockdown areas and drip as it dries. Check the walls for these potential problems and use the paintbrush to correct them.

Time It Right

  • Painting knockdown textured walls takes longer than painting smooth or flat walls because you have to spend extra time making sure the entire wall gets painted and there are no paint drips. Give yourself extra time to paint the room. Work slowly so that you can get a quality paint finish. Apply a second or third coat of paint on the walls, if necessary.

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