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Applying Texture Paint

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August 8, 2006

Find out how applying texture paint can hide imperfections and create durable faux finishes for any décor.

Applying Texture Paint

Applying texture paint is much like using any other type paint. The main considerations for texture paint are timing and eliminating the look of seams. Make sure you choose a texture paint that offers plenty of working time. Applying texture paint that has a longer drying time gives you the freedom to experiment and to make sure you get the finish you want.

Before you begin applying texture paint, make sure the surface you're covering has been properly prepared for painting. Make sure the surface is free of grease, dirt, glue, or any old paint. Also, make sure any hole and cracks have been filled with compound and sanded. If you're applying texture paint to a smooth glossy surface, it should be sanded or dulled to ensure proper adhesion. All surfaces to be covered should be primed with a good quality primer before applying texture paint.

Applying Texture Paint

Most texture paint will dry to an off-white color. Don't try adding tint when applying texture paint. Adding tint will thin the paint, and you will wind up with spotted color or color variations you may not desire. After allowing the texture paint to dry for at least 24 hours you can then paint it the color of your choice.

Applying texture paint should be done in small 4"x4" sections. Don't try applying texture paint to an entire wall or ceiling at one time. The texturing process is where you can really begin to experiment and add texture to create dimension and accents to your chosen décor. All sorts of objects can be used to add the shape, dimension, or texture you want. Some commonly used items are paint rollers, sponges, crushed paper, whiskbrooms, trowels, broad knives, combs, or the open end of a glass or can. Any object you find that gives you the texture you want is fine to use.

Once you are finished applying textured paint to a section, you can move to another section and begin the process again. Sometimes you may need to re-wet the adjoining section to prevent seams and uneven looking areas. With a little practice and experimenting, applying texture paint is a fun project for any do-it-yourselfer.

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