Learning how to spray a drywall splatter texture (or plaster) is easier than applying a number of other types of texturing techniques. For consistent splatter texture results one needs to uses the best texturing gun/hopper setup that they can buy. While professional hopper guns require an air compressor to operate properly, DIY'ers can usually get away with a high quality electric hopper gun.

With the help of such tools and your chosen drywall compound you can create an assortment of spray patterns or surface texturing techniques.

Keep in mind though that the differences in pattern is due to equipment, compound used and procedure followed. Any texture that you create can be unique to you the individual doing the job.

Below you will find advice and instructions for spraying splatter onto your ceilings, walls or other types of surfaces.


Applying a drywall splatter texture can involve a number of different tools and materials for you to choose from in relation to the particular project being done.

  • Painters plastic
  • Painters tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Compressor & hopper gun
  • All purpose drywall mud or other texture compound
  • Mud pan & knifes)
  • Soap/water (if needed)
  • Very clean (or new) 5 gallon buckets or pails
  • Heavy duty electric drill with mud mixer (paddle)
  • Old close (or coveralls), gloves, & goggles
  • Ladders, platforms and sawhorses (as needed)

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Surfaces need to be washed if needed along with filling cracks holes and divots. Doing a drywall splatter texture is by far one of the messiest texturing techniques that you can take on. Be sure that wear proper clothing along with removing as much furniture from the room as possible. Items that cannot be moved need covering with plastic or drop cloths. Electric plug or switch plates should be removed along with covering, taping or papering off light fixtures, baseboards, doors and windows.

Place drop cloths on your flooring, and cover the walls if your ceilings are being done.


Pre-mixed or powdered compounds will work fine. Add a 1/2 cup of water to a five gallon pail then throw in your pre-mixed compound (a gallon or so). Powdered mixes will have different instructions, be sure to follow the label if your using them.

With your drill attached to a stirring paddle stir your mud into the consistency of a milk shake or cake batter. Your muds thickness depends entirely on the specific materials, pattern and equipment being used.

Keep adding water as needed (1 to 4 cups give or take a cup or two) and stir until the mud looks the way that you want it.

When mixing in the water remember that a thicker compound will give you a more detailed look. With that said, overly thick compound will plug the gun and mud that's to thin sags and drips as it sits on the surface.

Once mixed pour the smooth compound into your hopper and set the hopper spray orifice to a medium spray pattern. Also your compressor should be adjusted to between 10 and 60 psi (more or less depending on equipment, pattern and the materials being used). Having a setting of 15 to 30 psi is the norm in most cases though, while 3/8" is the standard orifice size.

Products like Super White Texturing Compound are more expensive but are used by most Pros and do have a number of advantages .

You will need to decide on what materials and tools will work best for your particular drywall splatter texture project.


I like to have a small hoop ladder or some type of platform beside me to set my hopper on. You might also need ladders or platforms to stand on depending on your particular project.

When spraying a wall start at the ceiling and work your way down. I like to use a wide cardboard or metal shield to protect the ceiling from the splatter. Others just spray onto the ceiling and wall while trying to keep as much over-spray off of the ceiling as possible. Also, as you spray on your splatter move in either an up and down, side to side or circular motion. You will have to decide what technique works best for your situation.

While spraying do so from ceiling to floor in three or four foot wide swaths or sections while holding the gun a couple feet (give or take) away form the surface. Once one section is complete move over and do the next section overlapping each section as you go along.

Keep filling your hopper and splattering the walls until the room is done.

Adjusting your gun setting, technique and air pressure may be necessary, depending on the look that your going for.

Also, you may wish to apply a second or third coat to achieve the finish you want.


Spraying texture onto your ceilings is much the same process as spraying walls (be sure to read above). To do so, start in a corner of the room and work your way backwards. As you spray your texture aim the gun part way onto your plastic covered walls (6" or so down) for the best results.

While spraying, splatter the mud on in a three or four foot wide S shaped pattern moving backwards toward the far wall. When you get to be a few feet from the wall that's behind you turn around and face the wall. Now, spray the splatter from the wall (starting 6" or so down onto the wall itself) up into the the other mud you just sprayed on.

Move over from that position a few feet. Starting at the wall again begin your next pass spraying while waking backwards toward the next wall. Be sure to overlap with the pass you just did. Keep splattering until the room is done.

Use ladders and platforms (if needed) along with refilling your hopper as you go along.

You can do this whole proses by walking forward while splattering. I find that working backwards gives better results though.

If you decide on a second coat of mud try and spray in the opposite direction as your first go round. As an example if you worked from east to west the next coat should go on in a north to south fashion (and visa versa).


Clean any mud from your hopper then spray some hot water through it. After spraying water through your gun pull the hopper and gun apart. Use a good stiff 1" paint brush to clean, rinse and remove any of the dried on drywall splatter texture.


Don't confuse splatter with orange peel the application process is much the same but products used and equipment settings are somewhat different. If your wanting an orange peel look (which is much less textured than splatter) talk to your local home improvement retailer regarding technique and the type of materials you will need to complete the job.

Four hands are better that two, especially when holding shields and moving ladders or hoses.

No matter what surface your spraying be sure that it's primed un-shiny, and is clean, smooth and level along with all cracks holes or divots being repaired.

You will want to test or practice your technique, mud mixture and size of splatter on a piece of throw away drywall. A closet on some type of old board should also do the trick.

Adjust the consistency of your compound and trigger distance, gun and gun orifice size (might be a few to choose from) as needed. I prefer to use th medium orifice (3/8" give or take) and a circular motion when splattering. Doing so results in pin head sized dots and dime sized blobs.

Also wetter compound is easier to spray but tends to be messier, have less texture and can sag or run if watered down excessively.

While spraying keep your gun moving and use consistency in technique. Keep in mind too that the more air you use the less product there will be on the walls. Don't stop in the middle of a wall always finish the entire surface before taking a break.

Furthermore, it's easier to add more splatter to a surface than it is to remover any excess splatter that you may have.

You can either rent your hopper gun set up, electric hopper gun or purchase the professional unit along with a good air compressor. It all depends on the size of the job at hand.

Once your surface is completed it can be primed then painted with two coats of top quality paint. When applying drywall splatter texture products such as Super White they do not need to be top coated though.

Talk to your local home center or drywall retailer regarding tools, materials and how to help.

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