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Drywall Texture, Slap Brush

Unless someone has something really unusual and unique adorning their finished walls, there is a good chance that the average person visiting our home doesn’t really pay that close attention to the type of texture we have; let alone know the right name for it. That leads us to ask the question, why not do something that catches the eye and leaves a more lasting impression? Why not stimulate dialogue where the visitor goes away actually knowing what your finish is called and how it was created?

One such eye-catching design is called slap brush. Slap brush, also called “crows feet,” “tiger skin texture,” or “palm texture”; has grown in popularity in recent years. A form of knock-down texture, it is thicker and more interesting than a simple sprayed pattern.

You can create a slap brush texture over any drywalled surface, even if it is already painted. It is advisable to apply a primer both before and after applying the texture. It is important to be sure the wall does not have any mildew or stains that will bleed through.

There are numerous ways to accomplish the slap brush style. You can either water-down your plaster and spray it in a medium splatter with a texture hopper (a sprayer powered by an air compressor), or you can apply it with a nap roller. While the texture is still wet, use a stipple brush and press into the wet texture. Pull straight away, careful not to smear the wet plaster creating a stipple effect. Where it obtains its name, you can also slap the brush quickly into the plaster. It helps to soak your brush about 30 minutes before beginning, and to rotate it after each application. To create more of a swirl texture, after you have sprayed the initial texture, dip your trowel in mud and swirl through the wet plaster.

Most texture applications require some prior experience. You can definitely practice on your walls, just keep in mind that your finished product will reflect the skill level of the applicator. If you would like some assistance from an experienced professional, then request free estimates from skilled drywall contractors in your area.

Wall texture may seem like an afterthought to most homeowners, but it can completely change the look of a room. One way to achieve wall-texture uniqueness is with the slap brush technique. Also called “crow’s feet,” “tiger skin texture” or “palm texture,” slap brush is thicker and more interesting than a simple sprayed pattern. Here’s some info to get you started.

Costs

The costs here depend largely on what type of drywall you use. The higher the quality, the more expensive the cost. In general, however, applying slap-brush drywall is not a very costly project.

Pros

A slap brush texture can be added over any drywall surface, even if it is already painted.

There are tons of ways to accomplish the slap brush style.

The technique and final look is totally up to you; hence, the project can make your walls one-of-a-kind.

Cons

Walls should not have any stains or mildew that can bleed through.

This project can be messy, and also requires a coat of primer both before and after applying the texture.

Creating the slap brush style can be a challenge if you don’t have prior experience.

Durability

Most texture applications require some prior experience. You can certainly practice on your walls, just keep in mind that your finished product will reflect the skill level of the applicator. If you would rather call in a professional, contact a skilled drywall contractor in your area.

Maintenance

Walls completed with the slap brush texture are easy to maintain, even more so once they’ve been sealed. Simply clean them with a damp cloth or use a household cleaner for tougher stains.

Common Questions and Answers

How can the slap brush style be created?

You can either water-down your plaster and spray it in a medium splatter with a texture hopper (a sprayer powered by an air compressor), or you can apply it with a nap roller.

For the traditional slap-brush effect, slap the brush quickly into



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