How to Apply Orange Peel Texture to Walls. Orange peel is a type of texture applied to walls with a spray gun. It gives flat walls a nicer look. You can also apply it to the ceiling for a consistent finish. After you apply the orange peel texture, simply prime and paint your walls.
Things You'll Need
- Powdered wall texture
- Water, bucket and mixing tool
- Large piece of screen
- Drywall texture spray gun
- Compressor for the spray gun
Mix your texture. Follow the directions on the bag. You'll want to make the mix pretty thin, so it'll come out of the spray gun easily. Let it set up overnight and then mix it again. Use a screen to strain out any lumps that might clog your gun.
Load the texture into the hopper of your spray gun. Attach the gun to the air compressor.
Do a test spray outside on a piece of cardboard. If this isn't possible, start in a closet so you can hone your techniques, as you get more experienced. Adjust your pressure on the trigger to get the look you want.
Move to your first wall. Using a rapid, sweeping motion, spray the wall lightly with the texture. The faster you move, the smaller the dots of texture will be. You can tailor the look of the orange peel texture to your own taste by going faster or slower, and by squeezing the trigger harder or softer (larger or smaller dots, respectively).
Continue along until you complete the room. Clean out the gun and the hopper and discard the rest of the texture.