Drywall Popping Problems Can’t Match Texture
Quick Column Summary:
- Patched drywall does not match finish
- Get the right brush and finishing compound
- Practice the pattern on scrap drywall
John Ryland, from Maumee, Ohio, has a tough a problem as any tailor trying to patch clothes.
"I took down a small wall in our kitchen and either side of where the wall was the ceiling has what's known as a crow's foot pattern in the drywall and of course where the wall was the ceiling is silky smooth.
How do I fix this?
I tried the brush that Home Depot sells to slap drywall compound up there but either the brush is different to the one they originally used or I don't have the right technique."
Here's my answer to John:
John, It's all about the brush and the consistency of the drywall finishing compound.
Look at the pattern you now have. Is it circular for the most part?
If so, you need a circular brush.
Look at the diameter of your current pattern. The pattern is usually 3 inches larger in diameter than the diameter of the brush.
Get a scrap piece of drywall and start practicing. You roll on the joint compound like thick paint - thin it with some water - then pop that slop.
You can dip the brush into a bucket of the slop too.
Good luck in patching the area. Why? Imagine how hard it is for a tailor to patch a hole in a fabric, even if he has the identical material!
This column was so popular, I shared it in the July 22, 2014 AsktheBuilder Newsletter.