Texturing walls and ceilings has increased in popularity in both residential and commercial settings due to the decorative applications and patterns the material creates. Before beginning your texturing jobs, there are many factors that must be considered in order to achieve the desired texture and finish. Some of these essential considerations include the texture spray equipment used, nozzle selection, airflow setting, material flow setting and the actual material that is being applied.


One of the most crucial steps in texture spraying is mixing the material properly and paying close attention to its consistency throughout the duration of the job. In today’s blog, we will review some of the different types of texture material, pattern sizes, and helpful guidelines to keep in mind for mixing and equipment. Before you know it, you’ll be spraying texture like a professional in no time.


Common Types of Drywall Spray Material

Typically, drywall texture material can be purchased in a pre-mixture or powder form. No matter which type of material you are using, you must mix the material and thin it until the proper consistency is attained. This is a vital step to achieve the best finish in your spraying applications. Let’s expand upon the characteristics of the two types of texture compound.


Pre-Mixed Drywall Material

This drywall mud starts with a thick, paste-like consistency. Commonly found in a bucket or box that has everything needed. Keep in mind, most pre-mixed drywall material needs to be thinned to meet pattern criteria. This drywall material offers convenience and will require less mixing and less water to reach the desired consistency, but on the flip side, normally incurs a higher cost per coverage as compared to powder.


Powder Drywall Material

Powder drywall material is most commonly used for wall and ceiling texture application. This material will need to be thinned according to the manufacturer’s instructions as well as the contractor's preference for the desired pattern being sprayed. Powder or bagged material is used most commonly because of its lower cost compared to pre-mixed. An American Spray Technologies spray rig can mix this material up rather quickly.


Remember, generally, the thinner the drywall mud that you use, the more output and finer finish you will get. On the other hand, thicker drywall mud creates less output and a coarser finish.


Tips For Successful Drywall Spraying

Follow the tips listed below to help guarantee your success with drywall texture spraying jobs!


Use The Proper Mixing Tools

This one is simple for big rig owners as AST rigs have integrated mixing systems. If you are spraying with a portable unit such as the Kodiak M2, you will have to choose the right mixing tools in order to achieve the proper consistency. Using standard drills to mix the heavy drywall muds can risk damage to your equipment. When mechanically mixing material, it is best to use a heavy duty drill or a mixer designed exclusively for texture and drywall material that provides enough power to get the job done right.


Test Material Consistency

Mixing texture material to the right consistency is essential for a successful overall finish. An easy way to test the consistency of your material is by using your finger. After mixing, simply run your index finger through the material to determine its consistency. When the material does not fold back on itself and a line where your finger was is visible, this is an indicator that the material is too thick. Ideally, the material should fold back on itself, indicating you have a light to medium mixture.


Mix Material Frequently

As drywall material sits, it will begin to thicken. When material thickens it can slow down production and impact the consistency of your finish. Mixing the material frequently will help you maintain the proper consistency and aerates to keep the material fresh as you finish the job.


When applying drywall material, in addition to properly mixing and achieving the right consistency, using the right texture spray equipment is essential to the success of the job. That’s why many drywall contractors prefer using drywall spray rigs from American Spray Technologies. Our texture spray machines are designed to last and provide years of profitable use. We make only hydraulic controlled texture spray rigs, which provide infinite control of mixing speed and pump speed at your fingertips. This makes mixing a snap and adjusting your spray pattern a breeze! If you are interested in learning more about AST drywall spray rigs, contact our experts today!