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DIY How To Apply Knockdown Texture To Ceilings

DIY How To Apply Knockdown Texture To Ceilings


Welcome back to Behind the Walls. This is
Jason with JP Carducci Inc, and today we’re going over do-it-yourself knockdown texture.
First, we’re going to start off with the texture we use which is Tuf-Tex provided by Home Depot.
It’s an unaggregated texture that you need for knockdown textures. The other texture
is a popcorn.It has Styrofoam flakes in it. This kind is smooth. Kevin here is going to demonstrate mixing,
how we come up with our consistency to use the hopper gun to apply the texture. He’s
going go ahead and show you how to mix. First, you put water in the bucket. You want
to put water in the bucket first and not texture, that way you don’t get your clumps and your
hard spots. You’ve got your water, and we’re going to go ahead and add our texture. You add water as you as you go to get your consistency. Now that we’ve achieved the consistence that
we’re looking for, you can see it’s kind of runny, that way when you fill this up, it
actually will spray out of the nozzle with the air. This is what you call a hopper gun.
This we got from Lowe’s. It’s the Kobalt edition. We use the big tip for the application we’re
doing here. Depending on what tool you’re using, this
or a texture machine, your consistency will change. The texture machine likes it a little
more runny, a little more wet, because the pressure is not as great. With this, we’re
using a manual compressor setup which just has a lot more power. So, as you can see here, this is your air
adjustment for how much air comes out of the nozzle, and this is your trigger. This is
what you’ll pull to get the flow out, but this controls your thickness, what comes out
of the bucket, which we’re going to demonstrate here. We’re going to get this filled up and
then we’re going to start texturing… All right. We’ve got the hopper gun filled.
Kevin here divided this to demonstrate a straight-sweep pattern on the knockdown… Also, there’s another technique you can do
which is a circle motion which some people use like myself, and we’re going to demonstrate
that for you too… The techniques are truly what’s comfortable
for you. Kevin prefers the straight. I prefer the circle. As long as you’re consistent in
your flow, your coverage will be even and that’s your ultimate goal. Now we’ve got to spray. Depending on your
temperature level, humidity level, in your house, it can be anywhere between from five
minutes to ten minutes is about how long you want it to set up. What I mean by set up is
you still need it damp enough to when you pull your knife across, it knocks down the
thickness of the splatter, but you don’t want it too wet to where it comes and it smashes
in. It’s kind of almost like a doughy type of feel. Back here as you see, Kevin’s scraping and
you can see how this is already starting to dry pretty quick because our humidity level
is sound and A/C is running, but as you can see, how he scrapes, it knocks it down and
gives it that flat texture look. That’s knockdown texture. So once he gets all that scraped,
we’ll go through, we’ll pick out the little trash that we had in the bucket, and wait
for it to dry, and then we’ll prime and paint. That’s how you do knockdown texture!

Comments (45)

  1. How big of a compressor are you using?

  2. By far best the "DIY" knockdown video on youtube. Worked out great for us. The finished product looked amazing. Thanks.

    Best Day Ever

  3. I like to prime before I texture. it slows down the drying .

  4. @freethinker52 – Yes priming does slow down the drying, pending what material you use for your texture. We have only encounter where priming was needed and that was in condos where the ceilings are concrete. Thank you for your input and viewing!

  5. Very good video, lots of good info. I'm wanting to give it a try in my house, do you think a cheap harbor freight hopper gun would be able to get the job done?

  6. Where are your masks!  Breathing that powder can't be good!  And…who said a man can't make a cake!

  7. Can I do this same technique to do walls but with a roll on texter

  8. Regina I am sure you can but I would do a test on a scrap piece of drywall.
    You will have to roll on and then wait for the texture to start hardening and then knock it down like we did on the ceiling, Trial and error!!

  9. Im planning to apply knock down texture in my home 2500SF . Which compressor would you recommend me to buy to do it my self .

  10. can i add texture directly to unprimed freshly installed sheetrock?

  11. I was told to mix it a lil thick, s et for 15 mintues beat it like for the bazooka mud then shoot it while it's still fresh knockdown depends on surface porosity and room temp

  12. Someone was in a "fuck you and your video" mood.

  13. What psi are you pushing here ???

  14. good video it helped me out before a job. thanks

  15. What is your partner using to knock down the texture? Thanks

  16. hello friend good tutorial video, a question few psi you put your air compressor to pull the nockdown?

  17. just curious what do you charge a square foot for knockdown texture?

  18. You shouldnt stop when your sweeping the spray gun because it will coss visible lines. Also you should prime and paint the ceiling first so that the texture has something to bond to. His texture looks very uneven and clunky in certain areas.

  19. Do you first have to put a primer on the ceiling?

  20. that is the right way to do knockdown. the spraying not very consistent. but these guys know what there doing

  21. what do ya do when Mudd is clumping and drying too fast in hot weather

  22. Thank you for video! We have nail pops all over and the drywall seams are showing all over the house in the ceiling, so we were discussing doing this.

  23. Helpful thanks. If you are doing walls and ceiling, do you tape off the walls and do ceiling then tape ceiling to do the walls?

  24. Uneven spraying (holidays) lol

  25. Amateurs.
    First, You need to prime and paint your ceiling flat white first. This will look like shit

  26. So i have popcorn walls and i was wonder if i didnt want texture could i just take fown the popcorn and then paint my walls or do i have to apply something before paintting the walls

  27. Straight and to the point ! Thx for the video .

  28. Going to be applying it to walls, but still useful. Hopefully it's not too much of a pain to tape the ceiling

  29. I really appreciate you taking the time to make this video iview to spray hopper for popcorn ceiling in the past I wasn't sure how to do the knockdown portion and thank you again and your crew for taking the time to show others how to do another own and to save money

  30. Sooo pretty much the same thing as popcorn ceiling but… Smooshed popcorn ceiling

  31. Why do people like this texture stuff

  32. Thanx for the video. Couldn't keep my eyes off your shoe laces. Bright!

  33. I like how your worker just took the bag from you cause you didn't know what you were doing!

  34. Great video. Ive come back to this several times just for reference. Thanks!

  35. who still puts that ugly stuff on their ceilings? 1980 is well gone and forgotten…

  36. Where are the settings for the compressor? What time of compressor are you using? Your video is incomplete.

  37. What a mess. Just use joint compound..,

  38. Wow, This is really painful to watch, I’m having a hell of a time trying to figure out how to remove my painted popcorn ceiling,
    And you guys are applying a texture to a ceiling. One day this poor soul is going to realize how ugly this looks and cry for a nice smooth flat ceiling. 😃

  39. Soooo u put Knock Down Texture without Priming the Ceiling nice job i dont do work like that

  40. Loop swoop and pull! Tie your shoes .

  41. OMG horrible spray quality

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