Beautiful Plaster Today, Issue #003— Nov.06 HOT Mud Facts

1. The day of Thanksgiving has passed (but not the spirit). I hope each of you had a nice day with family and friends, and lots of choice food!

Our five grown children (two married), wives and our one grandchild were at our house, and all stayed at least one night, some longer (big house). Fortunately, everyone lives with two hours of our place, so no one had to catch an airplane to get here.

Most of the time with just Alice and me, it’s pretty quiet around here, but that all changed in a hurry. Not complaining, mind you, just noticing how different it is when the kids come back home for a visit. Lots of activity and noise, but good stuff. We are most fortunate.

Now we are gearing up for Christmas. Wow, so much to do! How are your preparations coming?


2. Well, it’s finally launched. My first product. I’ve been making noise about it for some months, but now it’s official. Not only edited and duplicated but the marketing set up on the site, and order processor on tap.

What am I rambling about? Ta. da! (drum roll) HOW TO MAKE YOUR OLD PLASTER WALLS AND CEILINGS GORGEOUS A unique «in living color» DVD with tips and techniques and live demonstrations of professional textures I have been doing for paying clients for many years.

Not all the ones I do. but a special selection of simple easy-to-learn, elegant patterns that have graced many ceilings and walls in homes and businesses in our fair city.

I asked myself: What would a motivated homeowner need to see and hear in order to take right off with his (her) texturing efforts?

Such a homeowner would need to learn about tools. materials. mixing. And especially — exactly how to do it !

For further information, including the amazing secret I learned about texturing from my customers, check out ceiling and wall texturing techniques.


3. Matching texture around a plaster or drywall patch — «how in the world do I do that?»

If you have ever tried to hide a wall repair, you know how challenging it can be sometimes. There are so many textures out there of all sorts. What’s the trick?

I can’t say there are any «tricks,» exactly. Just a certain amount of trial and error. That is mostly how I learned, and I don’t say that I can match every texture I see. I get as close as I can, and often that is good enough to satisfy a customer.

Even so, there some things to keep in mind that will be helpful.

Tip # 1 Unless the texture that appears around your plaster/drywall patch is fairly heavy, it is in general a good idea to go a little lighter rather than a little heavier with your matching texture. It will stand out less that way. In other words, come as close as you can manage, but lighter is better than heavier, in MOST cases.

Tip #2 Knockdown spray texture. These are among the most challenging of all textures to match, in my experience. It is very difficult to spray this into a small patch and not have it show like the dickens. My «trick»? Match it in by hand.

When a heavy spray texture is shot on a wall or ceiling, not all the bumps are the same size, of course. When after a while the bumps are flattened out, only the biggest ones will flatten, leaving the spaces between the flat spots filled with the details of small bumps.

So your first step in texturing your repair patch is to provide the «background» composed of these finer details. This you can do with an old small paint brush. The more splayed out the bristles are, the better. You mix up some texture material fairly soupy and dob over the whole patch with the brush.

As the stuff sits there, it will begin to stiffen as the water is drawn out by the dry compound of the (unprimed) patch and the details will tend to soften and round off more. This will approximate the small bumps of the original sprayed on texture.

Now you are ready for the final step. Use a trowel (or a rubber sanding block or block of wood — something with a flat face you can grip and use to dob little peaks of texture over the patch) and pat it into texture compound on a plasterboard (hawk) or piece of plywood. Pat gently to get peaks on your tool, then gently transfer the peaks to the patch by gently dabbing them on.

After maybe 15 minutes or so, gently flatten the peaks with a six inch taping knife, taking care to come into the edges of the patch and not directly onto the surrounding texture. Whew! Complicated, huh?

It’s almost harder to explain than to do. This technique can only be learned by practice. I don’t know any shortcuts.

Tip #3 Sand texture. This is easy for me here, I can just refer you to the FAQ section of the website where I explain how to do this.

Tip #4 Orange peal texture. You may recognize this one — those little bumps all over your wall or ceiling. This is one of the easier ones to match a patch to.

A real small patch is difficult because you can get so much overspray if you are using a power sprayer. You can tape a large piece of newspaper over the patch and then open up an area directly over the patch so the spray can get through — just be sure to make the hole larger all around than your patch, so you don’t get such an abrupt transition.

The aerosol cans of drywall texture can sometimes work pretty well. Be sure the can is close to room temperature, shake well a minute or so, and experiment on a piece of cardboard, drywall, etc. to get a feel for how it handles. Experiment with the different spray tubes and see which gives bumps closest to the size of what you are trying to match. Hold the can about 18 inches away from the patch, and move it around quickly, or else it will pile up texture and you have a mess.

The water based spray cans are the best to use. And. be sure to spray with these ONLY on a dry patch.

Beautiful Plaster Today, Issue #003-- Nov.06 HOT Mud Facts

Don’t be afraid to experiment when you are dealing with a patch inside a textured area. You can be creative and surprise yourself with what you can do!


It is pretty amazing how much free stuff is available on the internet. Here is an example of a huge site, with hundreds or thousands of free offerings of all kinds.

One section is devoted to Christmas themed ideas. For example:

*** free MP3 sound files of Christmas music, submitted by the artists themselves

*** a free $300 gift card, from OLD NAVY

*** a free $300 gift card, from THE GAP

*** Christmas themed screensavers

*** free online shopping coupons



And with that, I’m going to sign off. Wishing all of you a most blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hoping this festive season lives up to all of your expectations,

Edwin Brown aka plasterguy

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