The drywall in your home can make all the difference between an exciting and warm look and a boring finish that hardly makes the room enticing. Painting a wall with the latter characteristics will hardly make an impact on people when they walk through the door.
However, if you have drywall with knockdown texture then it will give it a unique look and feel that will make all the difference to your room. However, there is one problem with that. Knockdown texture does ten to suffer from wear and tear and can develop damage from time to time. This is why repairing knockdown texture is a useful skill to have if it does take pride of place in your home.
Repairing knockdown texture is as messy as actually putting it up in the first place was so be sure to prepare your room by laying plastic sheets over the flooring and the furniture. When your flooring and furniture is covered, you can begin the process below. Following this step by step will enable you to repair the knockdown texture in no time.
Step By Step
1. Begin by preparing the wall that has been damaged or subject to wear and tear. You need to isolate the area in question so the rest of the wall is not affected because it is easy to make a mistake and thus have to start again with a larger area. Isolate it by using card to cover the surrounding area, marking out a square in the middle to treat and repair.
2. You cannot lay knockdown texture over damaged wall because it will either not take or, if it does, it will look incredibly bad! Use fine sandpaper to flatten and smooth the area in question. Take off the previous texture in a square area to make it easier to repair. Sand it lightly until the wall is flat and ready for treatment. Be sure to remove all dust particles.
3. Coat the area ready for treatment with a coat of primer to ensure that the wall is fully protected before you begin to make the compound. This should be left for at least a couple of hours until set. The length of time you have to leave it depends on the area you have to repair. However, it should be dry rather than sticky before you move on to the next step.
4. Make up the compound for the knockdown texture and make sure that it is a fairly runny consistency before loading it into the spray can. It should be the consistency of a pancake batter so it will spray evenly. Spray it over the sanded area of wall in a similar pattern to the texture on the rest of the wall. When this step is finished, leave it to set for 15 minutes.
5. Finish off the texture by using a trowel to flatten out the top of the mixture on the wall as with the rest of the wall. Leave that for thirty minutes before removing the card to check on the effect the area has had on the overall aesthetic of the wall.
If you have painted over the original knockdown texture then you should leave the texture overnight before you repaint the area. Carefully paint the area that you have repaired once and then add another coat if need be but do not add one coat at a tie because you may find that it stands out like a sore thumb if the colour is even slightly off.