How to Create A Slap Brush Texture (Drywall Surfaces)

Learn how to do it, slap brush texture pros and cons

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•••  Architect Age

Slap brush texture is a drywall texture smoothed with a trowel like knockdown texture that initiates when the brush is slapped to the wall with joint compound. Others might call it; splatter, as the joint compound is thrown at the wall. The slap brush drywall texture can change the look of a room, by creating a thicker and attractive drywall texture. The stiffness of the bristles is the important factor that will define the depth of the ridges in the joint compound.

How much will it cost

Applying slap brush texture is not that costly as other drywall textures might be. Although, the cost will ultimately be defined by the type of drywall used and the joint compound is applied. Once the joint compound has been slapped at the wall, the texture is smoothed with a trowel. The slap brush texture is done after the drywall taping has been completed and just before you paint the wall. Slap brush texture could cost between 8-11 dollars and in addition, you need to consider a couple of bucks more to cover the cost of the extension pole needed to hold the brush.

Slap Brush Texture Benefits and Drawbacks

Slap brush drywall texture have some benefits, such as:

  • A slap brush texture could be added over any drywall surface.
  • This drywall texture could be applied to painted surfaces.
  • The texture will be unique and could create a singular finished surface.
  • The slap brush could be easily cleaned.
  • It can be used to hide imperfections along the surface
  • Using a gun to apply mud will allow for the process to be completed faster

Slap brush could have some benefits, but also it has some drawbacks:

  • Is a challenging texture if this is the first time dealing with it.
  • If the slap brush is applied over stains or mildew, it will appear on the surface again.
  • This texture could create a lot of mess while it is being applied.
  • The texture requires a coat of primer after the texture has been thrown.
  • The finished surface will demonstrate the skill level of the person who applies it.

How to create the slap brush texture

The slap brush texture over drywall could be applied by following these simple steps:

  1. Scrape the surface, and remove all joint compound chunks from the surface. This can be done with a drywall taping knife.
  2. Sand rough stops and male sure all surface is smooth before the slap brush.
  3. Prepare the mix, joint compound, and water, until the correct consistency has been obtained. A thick liquid paste-like texture should be the perfect mix.
  4. Prepare an extension pole and attach a roller. Prepare a second extension pole needed to attach the slap brush. The slap brush is a rectangular shaped brush with outward extending bristles.
  1. Dip the roller in the thick joint compound mix, and roll it on the surface. The application should be even on all surfaces, and thick enough.
  2. Tamp lightly the joint compound with the slap brush.
  3. Keep repeating the process until the entire ceiling is covered.

Additional Tips

When doing the work watch out for these other issues:

  • Keep your drywall clean, to avoid dirt getting tracked into the texture
  • Prime the wall first, if it has not been done yet. Mud will adhere better when the wall has been primed
  • For better results try to use double brushes that are fastened together
  • Apply drywall mud in such ways that you can finish it before it starts to dry
  • Be aware that room temperature and humidity can affect drying time
  • Do not apply too much mud at once, as it will affect how the roller slides
  • Do not leave edges to dry out
  • Use thicker mud when more attention to detail is required
  • If mud is too thin, it might run down the wall
  • If possible, use a gun to apply your mud to the wall. The process will be faster and it will provide a more uniform coverage