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Drywall  /  August 10, 2022

4 Common Issues With Drywall Texturing and How To Avoid Them

How to avoid drywall texturing issues

Drywall texturing can be a difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting it done right means it’s out of sight, out of mind. Consider these common pitfalls with DIY projects. If your project spirals out of control, it will be worth your time to hire professional drywall services in Red Deer. We know how to keep a mix from becoming too lumpy, too thin, unevenly textured, or showing too much build-up. 

1. Lumping of Mix

A good mix has just the right ratio of water to texture compound. Too much compound and not enough water will result in lumps and globules in your mix, making it difficult to create the viscous texture your walls need. Reducing the lumps in your mix is easier when you’re using the right mixing tool, such as a stomper or an electric drill with a specialized paint-mixing attachment. Stompers have a long pole with what looks like a potato masher on the end. Using these mixing tools usually results in a much smoother consistency than mixing with just a paint stick.

2. Thin Mix

On the other hand, if the mix is too thin, it has too much water and needs more of the compound to be folded in. Remember that you will be able to save more money by pre-measuring your mix ahead of time, Water can always be added, and it is free. But your mix costs you money, so avoid the neverending process of adding too much water, then too much mix, then too much water again, etc.

The thin mix also occurs when you are using cold water. Warm water is needed in order to properly dissolve the substance you’re working with. If warm water is not an option, your compound will need to soak for at least two hours before beginning the mixing process. 

3. Surface Shows Through

If you’ve done your mixing correctly and have begun to apply the texture to the wall, but the surface still shows through, you may need to mix more material. Estimating the amount of compound needed to cover your surface sometimes requires some guesswork. If you are trying to cover too much territory, the mud will spread too thin.

This frustrating aspect of the project is a great reason to hire a professional for home renovations in Red Deer. Experts do this all day, every day. Save yourself multiple trips to the hardware store and trust a professional to get it right the first time. 

4. Texture Build-up

As you get to the top of the wall and the corners of the ceiling, it’s common for texture to start building up and pooling. You may also see this in the joints where the drywall panels come together. This usually happens because the surface underneath needed a better prime before the texture was applied.

It’s also necessary to check the water ratios again because texture mix that is too diluted will build up in the seams. If this happens, use a drywall blade to scoop out or scrape off the excess before it dries. Then make sure that your compound is mixed properly, and that the wall is fully dry again before reapplying. 

Reliable Drywall Services in Red Deer

Drywall is something that is almost invisible in a home – unless it is done incorrectly. Hiring a professional ensures the job gets done quickly, with attention to detail, and lets you move on to more important things.

Our drywall services include restoring discoloured walls, installing new drywall, texturing efficiently, patching holes, and hiding seams. Use our website to request an estimate today. You’ll be glad you did. 

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