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Drywall Ceiling Texture Repair

Unless the surface is flat, there will be texture match after the ceiling repair. During the patch phase, an area of texture, just beyond that of the taping, should have been removed without damage to the drywall paper, to merge the old and new textures.

The real skill in mimicking the texture, so it is undetectable when viewed in a broad area, is to arrive at a comparable match to the surrounding texture while blending off the new with the existing. This is more realistic to execute with some textures like the splatter, and stomping, than for others like certain acoustics, though it can be done.

To repair the stomp pattern, the most common of textures, and, having the repair progressed to the point of being taped -- take a broad knife and apply a skim coat on the repair section to a level just under the existing base coat. It's okay to sand this down to bring a closer match, with both dry and wet sanding methods, if the compound dry's at a higher level. Also, wrapping a damp rag around a plastic putty knife might assist in making a gradual transition between old and new at the border. But, be sure to leave room for the resulting build of the final stomp coat level on the repair section, which should be thin since a bulk of the mudd material will be pulled downward. And be selective which individual patterns are to stay, while avoiding a partial sanding-away of any patterns.

Upon reaching the desired textured on a trial sheet, hold it up by the ceiling to compare. When you reach a satisfactory match (accounting for a little dry shrinkage) continue with the stomp and do the repair section first, putting a stomp into open existing areas here and there where you can, to help blend the overall texture pattern and do this to create thinning dispersion at the border. There should be no clear cut edge.

It is natural to have entirely new stomps beside others which are partially existing. Therefore as mentioned, decide which patterns are to remain in their entirety and which are to be enhanced before recreating.

Recreating portions of existing stomps will help to blend off the new with the old textures, since in all reality, the exact stomp brush configuration that was used to pattern the ceiling frequently is not available. Feathering off the 'pull' will help accomplish a match. Although try both types of brush: the natural bristle and the nylon if these are available to you.

After being selective with the existing stomps that have been entered into by the repair and from sanding:
  • Dip a putty knife but at the edge into the same thinned mudd mix and, tap and pull downward, steeply angled of the knife. Just dab the edge on and off to duplicate a linear pull look. Although be warned this practice will reveal your mudd match. Usually a topping compound must be applied to get the same texture effect with the necessary rounded tapering, brought by gravity lower.

  • See Also
    Taping and Mudding Hanging Ceiling Drywall Finishing

    Other Patch and Repair

    Ceiling Texture Topics

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