If you’ve ever attempted minor home improvement, then you have probably come across a situation where a bit of drywall was damaged. It could’ve been where wallpaper was removed, or perhaps wainscoting, or maybe just a bump where the textured drywall was chipped off. Now the question is what to do to get that section of drywall, which is now bare, to match the rest of the wall, which is textured.
It can be a little tricky to match texture on drywall, but here are a few steps to follow if you’re not experienced with it.
Steps For Matching Drywall Texture
Keep in mind that the overall idea is to match the main area of the patch to the rest of the wall by feathering the new texture into the old gradually. If done right, you will not see the seams around the edges and you will have a smooth result. The bigger the area you are patching, the harder it can be to get a perfect matching result where you can’t see the patch.
One issue that you might run into is called “flashing.” This happens when the new patch doesn’t absorb paint the same way the rest of the wall did, especially if there is any kind of difference in the paint sheen. Try to match the paint exactly to avoid this issue.
Best To Start Fresh
If you think you’re going to run into any of these problems, then it’s best to just start over with a fresh wall that’s flat. You don’t need to replace or tear off the old drywall, but rather, just the old texture.
Place plastic sheeting on the floor to catch the dust, and wear a mask or respirator so you don’t breathe in all that dust as you sand. You should also have on safety glasses to protect your eyes.
Remove the majority of the texture by sanding or scraping, but not down to the paper over the drywall. It doesn’t have to be completely sanded—just the bulk of it. Once that is done, remove the excess dust with a broom or paintbrush. Take up the plastic sheeting with all the dust in it and throw it away, then put new sheeting down for the next phase.
The next step will be to apply a very light coat of drywall joint compound to the entire wall. Topping compound sands easier and goes on a bit more smoothly, but any all-purpose compound will work. Mixing a little water into the joint compound will make it a little creamier and thus easier to apply. Use at least a 12-inch drywall knife and smooth the compound over the whole wall, leaving as few ridges from the trowel as possible. You can sand out ridges later, but it saves work to try and avoid them as much as you can.
After the wall has completely dried, then sand it lightly to get rid of the ridges left by the trowel. Look over your work carefully and fill in any obvious spots or flaws, let it dry again and then sand once more. Brush the wall down after it has dried and you should now have a smooth wall with no need for trying to match up textures.
The last stage is to seal the wall with a drywall sealer, which will prevent the paint from being unevenly absorbed.
If you want texture, apply it to the entire wall after the sealant has completely dried. Prime with another coat of sealant and this will seal the actual texture. Once all this is done, you are now ready to paint the wall.
We hope these tips have helped you! Please let us know if you have more remodeling questions or home improvement issues. With a little help, conquering those minor repairs yourself is not such a hard task after all!
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