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Drywall Texturing With A Toothbrush


drywall textureDrywall texturing is one of the most challenging things in home repair. Most homeowners have the courage to patch a small hole, but putting the finishing touches on the patch can be an anxious moment.

A couple of keys to hiding a patch are getting the patch level with the surrounding area, blending in the border of the patch, and using the right paint. Fail at any one of these and your patch will be noticeable.

After you patch the drywall, tape it and float the mud out, let it dry before you flatten it. The drywall patch should be mostly flat just from the taping knife, but when it dries, you can either sand it or use a damp sponge to remove any excess drywall compound.

Now use the toothbrush. Dip the toothbrush into some water and tap off the drops on the rim of the glass. Rub the bristles of the toothbrush along the border of the drywall patch to expose some of the texture on the wall. This is original texture that you will have covered up with the joint compound. The idea here is to erase the border of the patch to minimize it. You want to get rid of the defined border and make it blend in more.

Once you have gone around the patch to blend it in, you can spray some texture on it. There are as many ways to do this as there are drywall repair professionals. For most homeowners, I would suggest the texture in a spray can. It is easy and the results are very good.


I would like to suggest an alternative texturing method after using the technique above. This is for novices and professionals. My partner and I have recently brought a new texture gun that shoots everything from a light orange peel to a heavy knockdown out of the same tip. We also are packaging drywall texture in a bag. Check out our website EZPROTEXTURE.COM to see our products and an instructional video.
Posted @ Friday, June 03, 2011 6:43 PM by Jim Aldrich
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