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The problem with perlite is that it's hard to put on unless your using some kind of a spray rig. If you try to use a paint roller to apply perlite there is a good chance you will leave noticeable roller lines.

By using a fat brush and doing swirls you won't need a sprayer, you won't leave roller lines and best of all "sand swirl" looks great.


The only tool needed is the brush itself.

I use a CORONA 7" like the one below. The picture on the right shows the same brush after a couple years of abuse.

You can find a wide brush at any of your superstores or paint and drywall supply stores.





Perlite is a type of primer with the sand already mixed in. I am lucky because here where I live we have a local company that makes perlite. I know that the superstores also carry their own brands and types of perlite.

If they look at you like your crazy when you ask about perlite, just try saying "primer with sand mixed in"

One 5 gallon bucket will cover roughly 12 to 15, 4' x 12' sheets of drywall (600-800 sq feet.)

Make sure to have your perlite shaken or mix it up good before proceeding.


How to hold brush

If you try to use the handle, making the swirls is going to feel awkward. Get your hand right on the brush itself for more control.




Step 1: Dip It

I will show you how to do this so you are not dripping all over the place. Dip the brush a few inches into the paint. As you pull it out, give it a quick wipe on each side of the bucket. Now you will have a fully loaded brush ready to so some action.




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