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Has anyone had experience with wall texturing? 3/4 of my walls/ceilng is going to have new drywall (see pictures in my sig). Some amount of my walls will be cloth covered, TBD. The rest (and the ceiling) I need to texture.

I have a compressor and can get a texture gun with hopper. This seems to be the standard method, but messy.

Have folks had any luck with roller/sponge/other applied texturing?

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Your local hardware store should have lots of options. Basically if I recall, different thickness of mud will result in different results.

Tought to tell from you pictures what type of texture you are trying to match. Another option would be to take a hunk of drywall with the texture to your hardward place to match. Or......if you want to get rid of it all together and you are already replacing 3/4's of it you could always remove it all and go without any texture.

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Actually, I'm not trying to match the texture. The only original drywall left will be the front section of the ceiling and some of the soffits/light shelf. Everything else will be new.

Because of that, I plan to take off the moulding and retexture everything.

I wasn't going to remove the textured drywall, however. Maybe knock it down a tad with sandpaper and texture right over it. I suppose that means my new texture needs to be 'rough' enough to hide any remaining old texture.

Is that going to work, or do I need to actually remove all the drywall?

The texture there now is a very light/fine splatter (not knocked down at all).

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We are talkign about "popcorn" paints, and the like? correct?

What I do (and prefer) is use a roller that's bristles kinda resembles a thick plastic hair brush. I use that with "smooth" paint (basically it's just mud)

This gives a "wavy" look that's quite pleasing. no big dramatic points or "stalactites".
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I think the 'popcorn' word sometimes refers to the really heavy texture used for ceiling work where there are actually specs of styrofoam or something in the paint. Major craggy stuff. I'm just talking about normal light speckled wall texture, mostly used to help hide imperfections in the taping/mudding job.

Since I'll be doing my own tape/mud and this is my first time, I'll probably need all the hiding I can get.

Poking around on the web some more, it sounds like I need to experiment with different techniques and see what I like. If I can avoid spraying, I will. Since I'm going to be doing double drywall with green glue on most of my side walls, I'll have a lot of space to experiment with. Once I have the first layer up, I'll try some different roller approaches on the first layer of drywall, then wipe it off (or at least smooth it down).

We'll see what happens. Thanks for the help.

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I had one wall already finished with a sand texture (I assume it was sprayed on when the house was built) - I'm hoping that I can get the other walls to match reasonably well by roller application of paint with sand mixed in. But I have been wondering if I should have just put a thin layer of mud over the existing wall so it'll all really be the same. Has anyone had good or bad luck with those sand textures you mix into paint?
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Paul:
I used the texture that my drywall guy recommended (and did)
After mudding and taping, he smoothed all the joints and areas that needed it.
Then he put a thinned coat of drywall mud, and used a bristle brush to achieve the texture look.

It turned out great, I just loved it.

You can see the results here

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What do you all think about this rough mudding technique in reducing reflections ???

That could make this an awesome wall finish for a theater.
1--cleaner job with much less sanding
2--unique elegant "stucco" look ala Olive Garden or Taco Bell
3--sound reflecting properties

What do you think ?
Are we onto something ?

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2--unique elegant "stucco" look ala Olive Garden or Taco Bell

Can't say I've ever seen the word elegant used in regards to Olive Garden or Taco Bell before. But to each their own i guess.

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What do you all think about this rough mudding technique in reducing reflections ???

Won't work, I'm afraid. You can, however, use special acoustical plaster. This is rough-textured, but much thicker than an ordinary surface finish.

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Can't say I've ever seen the word elegant used in regards to Olive Garden or Taco Bell before. But to each their own i guess.

I used those terms for the masses.
Our 5 family, $5mill+ OBX rental home with elevator, 3 plasmas, LCD controls in every room, Theater, 4 bars, had all the walls like this.
We all thought the place was pretty elegant...I guess to each their own...my house doesn't have an elevator.

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Won't work, I'm afraid. You can, however, use special acoustical plaster. This is rough-textured, but much thicker than an ordinary surface finish.

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I think that's what Im' talking about...it looks just like stucco, with surface elevation differences of 1/16" or 1/8", that's it.

Would that difference be enough to interrupt a sound wave ?

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I think that's what Im' talking about...it looks just like stucco, with surface elevation differences of 1/16" or 1/8", that's it.

Would that difference be enough to interrupt a sound wave ?

Diffuse sound waves at useful frequencies? No.

Absorb sound waves? No, because plaster is not porous and does not absorb sound very well.

Acoustic plaster is very specialized stuff. It has fibrous material mixed in for sound absorption, is applied so as to maximize its roughness, and is very light in weight. In the old days, this material was asbestos. Nowadays, it is vermiculite.

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