Skip Trowel Drywall Texture Tips

When finishing a room, there are several methods of creating the ceiling texture. You can either apply a flat paint to the ceiling or you can use the skip trowel drywall texture tips. The drywall skip trowel texture is in fact a compromise between a flat painted wall and the popcorn model. This method is rather difficult and is not easily done by the average homeowner.

One of the reasons for this is that the most important point to consider regarding drywall textures is that they may at some point need to be patched. Random or improper textures are almost impossible to duplicate, and therefore difficult to patch. A professional will know the materials and methods needed to patch a professionally applied texture.

How Is the Skip Trowel Texture Applied

Among the skip trowel drywall texture tips there is one easy way, done by well-meaning DIY types, randomly using a paint roller or 10" knife; actually this is a recipe for a big mess.

Skip-trowel textures are properly created when a material is pushed by a "trowel" as opposed to being pulled. Professionals do not do it with a paint roller or a ten inch broad knife.

When working on drywall indoors, joint compound should be thinned with water until it has the consistency of thick paint; thinner for light texture, thicker for a heavier texture.

Now it is ready to be applied, from either a hawk or mud pan. A small amount of compound is pinched onto the broad edge of the trowel and pushed from floor to waist high, then waist high to ceiling. Each stroke should cover the width of the trowel (8 to 14 inches) and about four feet.

One important detail is to make sure that the mixture is applied on the wall as soon as possible. If you cannot move quickly, ask another person to give you a helping hand.

Ceilings and Corners

On ceilings you generally start at one side of the room and work across the ceiling. Inside corners and small areas are done with the narrow edge of the trowel. A small border trowel can be used to do really small areas.

What the skip trowel drywall texture tips advise you is that this process of texturing should be done only after the sheetrock, mudding and taping of the wall are finished with. In fact, the skip trowel drywall project involves the applying of watered down joint compound on the wall by running a trowel over it only one time.

If the joint compound has the appropriate consistency, then the material that will be applied on the walls will form "skips", making an interesting texture as you push it.

As an alternative to using drywall compound, there are various synthetic stucco materials available for a real stucco look.

This is in fact what the skip trowel drywall texture is all about. As soon as the joint compound is completely dry, you can start painting the walls and the ceiling.

Thanks to David Morrison of Chattanooga, TN