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HOW TO DO A MUD SWIRL TEXTURE    PAGE 2 OF 2

 

   Step 5: This Is For The Designated Swirl Guy, Start Swirling

What I like to do is start off taking your swirl brush, Put your pointing finger right in the middle of the brush handle. This will give you great control.

After you have one row rolled out you want to take the brush, put it into the angle and pull it out a few inches so all the way down the beginning of the ceiling you will have a few inches of brush strokes going towards the rest of the ceiling (Look at picture below, see the yellow arrows)

The reason you do this?  After you put your 1st row of swirls on, you don't want little bald spots in between the swirls.

Now quickly go back to the beginning of your 1st row and start putting the swirls on. It's hard and it takes a lot of practice but even if you're off a little and things are not perfectly aligned it will still look good, kind of an abstract not so perfect pattern. Keep swirling until the whole 1st row is all done.

    

  Step 6: This is For the Designated Roller Guy, Roll Next Row

Okay Roller Guy: From here out, your rows determine the straightness of the finished swirls. If your 2nd and 3rd rows start looking crooked, so will the swirls. Just try your best to make all the rows nice and straight and even.

As soon as there are some swirls done on that 1st row, you can start rolling the second row. Go ahead and roll the 2nd row (from end to end)

Use the nails and joints as a reference to keep your rows straight.

       

  Step 7: Keep Swirlin'

That's basically it for the center area. One row at a time. Work your way through the whole ceiling. Keep your rows straight. Every new row of swirls overlaps the last row. You have to move fast to avoid getting dried edges. Don't let a bunch of crud build up on the brush. If you do you will get little tiny goober crud things in your swirls. That's not good but if you do get a few of these, don't worry. Tomorrow when the ceiling is dry you can take a drywall knife and just lightly scrape any undesirable goobers off. Every once in a while dip the brush into a bucket of water and clean it up a little (Do it fast, the clock is ticking)

 

       

Step 8: Last Row

When you get to the last row, try your best to finish with some nice swirls that but up to the wall. That's It for the swirling  

   

Step 9: Wipe Angles

I usually wipe my angles after the whole ceiling is swirled.

Start by taking a six inch taping knife, dip it into the same bucket of mud you're texturing with. Get a little bit of mud in your drywall pan. Now apply a light bed of mud right up there in your angle close to the ceiling. Don't go into the ceiling.

    

  

 Pull your knife across the angle wiping off all the excess mud.     

      

Wipe your corners from the inside out. Try your best, You can always do a little sanding after it dries.

I have a you tube video showing "How to do a slap brush texture" If you watch that video it will show how to wipe your angles. Click Here

Done!

One more thing: As the ceiling dries it will look a little blotchy at 1st. You might notice that where the joints are, it dries slower then the rest of the ceiling. Don't Freak Out!!  Once it all dries it will all be the same color, nice and white.

     Good Job !!

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