APPLYING ORANGE PEEL
TEXTURE DRYWALL



Applying an orange peel texture drywall technique can tend to hide a number of flaws that your surfaces may have.

Orange peel texture as it's called looks somewhat the same as the skin of an orange.

Other textures such as splatter and knockdown are commonly mistaken for an orange peel surface. Splatter has a much heavier or bumpy look though while knockdown is flattened out with a trowel where as an orange peeled texture is not.

Below you will find how to instructions for using a hopper gun. to implement an orange peel look and feel to your walls and ceilings.


ORANGE PEEL TEXTURE DRYWALL TOOLS & MATERIALS



Orange peel texture drywall techniques can require a number of tools and other products. are need for each particular job. You will need to decide on what items will work best for your specific drywall stamp texturing project.

  • Painters plastic
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Compressor & hopper gun
  • Orange peel texture compound
  • Drywall mud & paint-able caulking, pan & knifes (for cracks/holes)
  • 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), hat, gloves, & goggles
  • Ladders, platforms and sawhorses (as needed)

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ROOM SET UP FOR
AN ORANGE PEEL TEXTURE DRYWALL



Wash the surface (if needed) then fill, caulk and sand, followed by a complete priming (sealing) of the wall or ceiling being textured.

Also, spraying on an orange peel texture is a messy project to take on. Due to the mess you will want to remove as many items as possible from the room your working in. Floors and furniture that cannot be removed need covering with plastic or drop cloths.

Furthermore, detach light fixtures (if your doing ceilings) and electrical plates along with masking off plug ins, switches any and woodwork or trim.


MIXING ORANGE PEEL
TEXTURE DRYWALL COMPOUND



Either pre-mixed or powdered compounds will work fine for an orange peeled surface. You do want to buy products that are made specifically for applying an orange peel. What ever you choose be sure to follow all label instructions. With that said, you'll want your texture to be on the runny side. Not so thin that it begins dripping or sagging though.

Some products such as Super White are more costly but are used by the majority of professionals as they do have a number of advantages over a regular premixed mud.

Speak to your local drywall supplier regarding technique, materials and tools for your particular splatter texture job.


USING AN ORANGE PEEL
TEXTURE DRYWALL HOPPER GUN



To spray the texture on pour your mixed compound into the hopper and set your guns orifice to a small (or medium) sized pattern. Also adjust your compressor to between 10 and 60 psi (depending on equipment, pattern and the textured used). Settings of 15 to 30 psi is are standard for the majority of orange peel textures. While a 3/8" orifice size is recommended.

As you splatter be sure to stand 3-4 feet from the wall or ceiling and maintain a uniform distance. Furthermore, when applying your orange peel texture be sure to use rapid, random movement and sweeping motions. so as to give your surfaces that light orange peel texture look and feel. Move quickly with uniformity s of the gun, and always keep the gun moving with rhythmic motions while at the same time striving for consistency in the texture.

Keep in mind that choice of texture, viscosity of mud, hopper setup, trigger setting, orifice size,, air pressure and application technique can all have an effect on the final results of your orange peel texture. With that said, before tackling the main areas test your texturing in a closets, on your garage walls or other less trafficked rooms. While you test your texture mixtures add more water or compound as needed.

Furthermore experiment with the air pressure, gun aperture size and the pistols trigger action as certain types of hopper guns will let you preset the guns trigger.


ORANGE PEEL TEXTURE DRYWALL FOR CEILING



You will need a small hoop ladder or table to set your hopper gun on. A ladder or other type of platform for standing on is necessary if your applying orange peel to your ceilings.

It might be necessary to use a metal shield or wide piece of cardboard to protect surfaces that your not wanting texture on (e.g.the ceiling etc).

Standing a couple feet away from the surface spray, from floor to ceiling in rhythmic, up and down, side to side or circular motion. Keep your pattern consistent and work in four foot wide by eight foot high sections. As you finish one section move over a couple of feet and do the next being sure to overlap each section of sprayed on texture..

Fill your hopper with more mud adjusting your gun settings, technique and air pressure until the room or surface area is completed.

Apply a second or third coat if you feel that it is necessary.


SPRAYING DRYWALL SPLATTER
TEXTURE ON CEILINGS



Set up ladders or platforms as needed, also the process for spraying an orange peel texture onto your ceilings is much the same as texturing your walls (be sure to read above).

With hopper gun in hand spray mud in a three or four foot wide pattern onto your plastic covered walls. Centre your spray pattern between the walls and ceiling to start.

Work form the corner of your room backwards in an S shaped fashion toward the wall behind you. Once your a few feet from said far wall turn around and spray into your newly sprayed on mud.

Move over a few feet and begin your next pass . Keep spraying in a strait line while walking backwards once again.

As you splatter overlap swaths of texture with each pass you spray on. Keep applying your orange peel look until the project is complete.

Once the texture is dry apply a second or third coats of splatter (if needed) in the opposite direction as the first. As an example alternate coats between north to south and east to west.


CLEANING THE GUN & HOPPER



Use warm water to clean your hopper and gun by removing excess mud from the hopper then filling it with the water. Once your hopper is partly filled blow the water out until it runs clear. You can whip any texture from the outside of the gun with a clean rag or small stiff paint brush.

Pulling the gun and hopper apart (where possible) and cleaning the parts will also insure your equipment will work properly the next time you want to use it.


ORANGE PEEL TEXTURE DRYWALL SUMMARY



After your orange peel is dry you can touch it up by doing quick spurts of the gun in thin areas if you wish. You will need to be careful when doing so though as it's quit easy to apply to much compound in one spot.

Once your texture is thoroughly dry (read the label) you can prime then paint it (if needed) as needed.

If you find over sprayed texture on certain surfaces it can be lightly scraped off (drywall taping knife). Wiped the wet or dry mud away (damp cloth) is also an option


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