How to stomp and drag texture?

Tracy Johnson, Johnson Paint Service Staff asked 3 years ago

I’m a 30 yr painter with a contract business of my own. But, I never until now ran into a bid where I had to stomp and drag a ceiling. I would appreciate some tips….Thanks, Tracy Johnson, Johnson Paint Service

3 Answers
crowderpainting Staff answered 8 years ago

First you will need to visit your local drywall supplier and pick up a stomp texture brush with a double head, a plastic knock down knife (looks like a lightweight paint shield), a piece of sheet rock and a bucket of all-purpose drywall mud.

The sheet rock is for practicing and supplying a sample to the customer for approval.

The real trick is having the right consistency of mud and beginning to "knock it down" at the right time and with a light touch. Thin the mud to a thick elastomeric paint consistency (I hope that description works for you). Apply a thick coat of mud with a roller with a 1 inch lambs skin cover, roll and stomp in sections. You will have to practice with the right drag time. It depends on the temperature and humidity in your area.

One more thing, plan on priming the ceiling before applying the texture. This will help to control the drying and make it stick properly. This texture will take some practice to perfect.

Anonymous Staff answered 7 years ago

I have a bubble in my ceiling. It is stomp ceiling how do I repair it and where do I get the right material?

crowderpainting Staff answered 7 years ago

You will need a few things; A little all-purpose drywall mud, a texture brush, a drywall knife (size depends on the size of the repair), sanding sponge (medium-fine) and a plastic bucket. These items can be found at your local hardware store.

Do the following to fix the bubble;

1- Scrape away the bubbled area. Try to scrape a little of the good texture around the repair, a couple of inches should work.

2- Apply a layer of drywall mud to the repair to help hide the area when textured. Allow to dry then sand smooth. Pay attention to the edges, these to be blended with the surrounding texture.

3- To texture you will need to experiment with thinning the drywall mud for the correct look. Put a little mud into the pail and mix in a little water, not much. This can be applied to the patch with the texture brush (smeared on) then stomped with the same brush for the texture profile. Add more water if needed.

You will need to experiment with all aspects to get a good profile and hidden repair. Luckily this is fairly easy to do. If you don't like what you did simply sand it off and redo.

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