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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the plaster. It helps to soak your brush about 30 minutes before beginning, and to rotate it after each application.
Or, you can create a stipple effect. While the texture is still wet, use a stipple brush and press into the wet texture. Pull straight away, being careful not to smear the wet plaster.
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.
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