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Creating Orange Peel Textured Drywall

Orange peel texture drywallOrange peel is very popular among finished drywall textures, although only one of several options. Like other drywall textures, obtaining an orange peel look (and feel) occurs by way of spraying a light mixture of plaster onto the taped, finished, and sanded drywall. The size and look of the texture will vary based on the consistency of that plaster mixture.

Applying this texture requires speed. Orange peel texture is also sometimes called splatter because it requires the fast splattering of a very thin mixture on the wall. While a sprayer is not technically necessary for applying an orange peel texture, it expedites the process exponentially and ensures a more consistent outcome.

This texture is so beneficial because it adds depth and substance to the wall surface without being obtrusive or dominating the room.

When attempting to apply the orange peel texture, it is a good idea to practice with the sprayer. Some hang large sheets of paper on the wall or find some other surface. This helps acquire the skill and confidence to complete the job in a uniform manner. Remember that orange peel texture is the lightest of drywall textures, requiring a very light mixture under high air pressure being applied in a rapid motion. The texture compound is available at building supply stores either pre-mixed or as a powder to be mixed with water.

Most homeowners decide to make it easy (and cleaner) on themselves by hiring a local contractor who can professionally and quickly finish the job. A good thing about drywall texturing, even more so with textures like orange peel, which need no trowel, is that it goes very fast, especially with the accumulated skill behind years in the business.

Although only one of several drywall texture options, orange peel is a very popular choice among homeowners. The look is obtained by spraying a light mixture of plaster onto the taped, finished and sanded drywall, and will usually last a lifetime. Here’s some more info to get you started.

Costs

Like other spray-on texture options, the biggest cost associated with applying an orange peel texture comes from renting or purchasing the sprayer. Renting a sprayer should cost around $45 per day, while purchasing a sprayer can be anywhere from $30 to $350. Also, you should ask a contractor for specific cost estimates in your area—a professional job is always worth looking into.

Cons

Once a wall is given an orange peel texture, it is impossible to change.

To achieve the right look, this kind of texture must be applied very quickly.

Durability

Orange peel drywall texture is a very durable option and should last the life of the home.

Maintenance

In addition to being durable, orange peel drywall is easy to maintain. Simply wipe down the wall with a damp cloth. Use a household cleaner for tougher stains.

Common Questions and Answers

Does orange peel texture have to be applied with a sprayer?

A sprayer is not technically necessary for applying orange peel texture, but it expedites the process considerably and ensures a more consistent outcome.

Is adding orange peel texture a good DIY project?

Yes, it’s possible to apply the texture yourself, but it does take a fair amount of expertise and speed. Therefore it’s a good idea to practice with the sprayer first in order to acquire the skill and confidence necessary to complete the job in a uniform



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