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Step 3: Pour Mud In Hopper

Slowly pour you mud into the hopper gun. It's nice to have someone there to help you. If you are alone, you can lean the hopper up against the wall and pour the mud in. I have this little trick where I hold it between my feet while I pout the mud in. Some hoppers have little legs that make it stand up alone. Only fill it 1/2 to 3/4 full. If you fill the hopper all the way up it gets real heavy.


Step 4: Start Shooting

Start out on a piece of scrap or a piece of cardboard. Adjust the air using the air valve. Experiment a little bit here. Notice that when you crank the air up, you can get the texture so fine it's almost like a mist. By turning the air down, you can make the mud goobers as large as you like. When you think you're shooting out the right size goobers, go ahead and start on your wall. Go with your own personal taste here. You can go with small goobers or more of a heavier splatter. The heavier you go the more ugliness you can hide.


 Keep the gun moving at all times. If you stop on 1 spot it will get too thick. Just work your way around the room from side to side, up and down. Try to keep everything as even as possible.  When the hopper gets real low and actually runs out of mud, give it a little violent shake. This will get that last little bit of mud to go through and you will be able to go a little bit farther. When the hopper really runs out, pour in some more mud in and keep going.


   Fine Orange peel or heavy splatter

Your wall should now look like one of the picture's below. By playing with the air you can achieve a fine orange peel like the picture on the left. Or you can go with a heavy splatter like the picture on the right.

That's all there is to doing orange peel, easy huh??  Let it dry, prime and paint.


 Important !!

You will be able to see through the texture to the sheet rock.(Look at picture below)

You are not tying spray the whole wall (as if you were painting it). All you are basically doing is shooting tiny goobers. The goobers against the sheet rock with no goobers is what makes the texture look right.

I get a lot of e-mails asking "Can I mix paint in with the mud"

The answer is no and this is why.

 This texture does not give you 100% coverage. There has to be spots with no goobers otherwise you would have a sheet of mud that would run down the wall and turn into a big mess.

It really won't look right until it's painted.




I get a lot of e-mails asking about how to do the orange peel texture on the ceilings. Here are a few tips that will help.  If your doing a room always start out with the ceiling 1st. Only fill the hopper maybe 1/3 full. You have to tip the hopper back at an angle to shoot a ceiling. If it's too full, mud will spill over the lip of the hopper and on to your face. It helps to shake the hopper a little bit as you go to keep the mud flowing into the air. Other then that, do the ceilings the same way the walls are done.

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