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How To Apply Orange Peel Texture With A Roller

Orange peel texture is a common drywall finishing style that can give walls a slightly textured, yet even and smooth finish. It is created by applying thinned joint compound and then rolling it out with a special roller. It is a time-consuming activity, but not too difficult and can be done with a few supplies and some patience. Here's how to apply orange peel texture with a roller.

First, you will need to gather your supplies. You will need a large bucket, joint compound, a paint roller, a 4-inch or 6-inch paint roller handle, a spray bottle, and a 5-gallon bucket. Additionally, you will need a drop cloth, a ladder, and a trowel.

Once you have your supplies, you will need to mix the joint compound. Fill the large bucket with water, then slowly add the joint compound to the water, stirring as you go. The ideal consistency is that of a thin milkshake. If it seems too thick, add more water. Once the compound is mixed, you can begin applying the texture to the wall.

Start by spraying a thin mist of water onto the wall, then use the trowel to spread the joint compound onto the wall. Next, use the roller handle and roller to spread the compound evenly against the wall. The roller should be moved up and down in a zigzag pattern. This will help create the desired orange peel texture. Continue to roll the compound until all of the wall is covered.

Once you have finished rolling out the joint compound, you will need to let it dry. Depending on the humidity and temperature of your room, this can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Once it is dry, you can begin painting. However, if you want a more even finish, you may need to sand the walls lightly with a fine-grit sandpaper.

Applying orange peel texture with a roller can be a time-consuming activity, but it is not overly complicated. To do it, you will need a few supplies, including joint compound, a roller, and a spray bottle. First, mix the joint compound to the ideal consistency, then use the trowel to spread it onto the wall. Next, use the roller to apply the compound in a zigzag pattern. Finally, let the compound dry, then sand and paint the wall if desired.