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Step 5: Roll Out Each Row

Your next roller full of mud  will go the next row over (See Picture). Redip your roller and start the next row from the bottom up. By switching every row it makes the mud more even. This will make the texture more uniform.


  Step 6: Cross it the other way

Once you have your big section all rolled out. Roll over it again the opposite direction.

You are not adding any more mud, you're are just crossing it over to make everything nice and even.


Step 7: Roll Next Section

I would go at least 1 more section before you start slappin'. Just do the same exact thing you did for the 1st section. Now you should have 2 sections rolled out one way and crossed over the other.


  Step 8: Butter Up Your Brush, Start Slappin'

Using the roller apply a generous bed of mud on the face of your slap brush. This is only done when you are first starting with a dry brush. You don't have to put mud on the brush for each new section. We are going to go without a pole for this texture. Just grab the brush with your hand (see picture). Now for the fun part, start slappin'. I usually do a little in the middle just to break the brush in. Go along the outside edges first.


Step 9: Rotate The brush

Make sure to keep the brush moving with every slap go left and right, up and down. If you don't rotate the brush you will get some noticeable patterns going. You don't want that..

Smack, Spin 1/2 turn, Smack, Spin 1/2 turn. The spin happens while the brush is in space. Don't spin it while it's touching the wall. Don't try too hard, just have fun with it and slap out both sections. Make sure you don't miss any spots.


Both sections all slapped and ready to knock down


 Step 10: Wipe

The picture below on the right is what happens if you go too soon. You will get little lines from the edge of the knife. If you're getting these lines, STOP !!  wait another 5-10 minutes.

You always want to start wiping on the same area you started rolling 1st.

The trick with wiping is not to push down on the knife very hard. Just let it glide over the wall. Work your way from the 1st section to the 2nd. 1st wipe from the ceiling down the wall about half way. Then wipe from the bottom up the other half.




Every once in a while, take another knife or a rag and wipe the crud off your knockdown knife.


When you come up from the floor be careful not to go all the way down to the floor. If you pick up crud from the floor it will create scratches and lines (also known as hitchhikers).

These pictures below are from another kind of knockdown texture but they are real good pictures to show the proper way to wipe.



Done !!

That' pretty much it. Now you would start your next couple sections. Roll, slap, knockdown. Work your way around the room 2 or 3 sections at a time.

Questions that I receive?? (might help if your having this problem)

Good Morning Mike, Over the weekend, I successfully textured my existing ceiling and new wall.  I went by your directions, and it turned out great.  I have some more texture work to do in the near future and wanted to ask you a few questions.  I was using a nap roller to put the texture on.  When I would dip it, shake it, and slide it, I would have trouble in initially rolling, it would smear for a little, and then begin rolling.  I would roll the thicker smeared area and thin it out.  It would work out ok.  The roller appeared to be full after I shook it and slid it.  Is the problem created by the mud being too thick?  I would appreciate your suggestions.

Thanks, Steve D. Hodges

It's either a real cheap roller or the mud is too thick, mix it a little thinner yet.  It might be so thin your worried you made it too thin, you didn't,

"When it's nice and thin, the roller will spin"  I just made that up, keep me posted...Mike

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