How to Paint With Texture Paint

Updated April 17, 2017

Texture paint is often used to hide surface imperfections or add the illusion of depth to a room. Texture paint is available in four main types: premixed texture paint, self-mixed texture paint for a sandy texture, smooth textured paint for a stucco-like effect, and alternative finishes of texture paint, such as a glossy or matt finish. Select the desired texture paint, and purchase the correct amount to cover the designated area.

Fill in all wall seams and wall imperfections or holes with putty or spackling paste using a putty tool, and let dry for a couple hours.

Sand the wall areas with dried putty or spackling paste for a smooth finish, using sandpaper.

Wipe down the walls with a damp cloth and let dry.

Apply painting tape to all corners, ceilings and floorboards along the edges as this prevents paint from touching the ceilings and floorboards (or carpet) and results in a clean, clear painted edge.

Apply one coat of primer to the designated area, and allow to dry for 12 hours.

Apply two coats of the texture paint with a fabric roller in up-down motions similar to painting with non-textured paint, cleaning the sides frequently to avoid streaks on the walls. This goes for all types of textured paint.


Texture paint works as a concealer for walls with flaws and uneven surfaces.


Texture paint is more difficult to paint over than regular paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Putty
  • Putty tool
  • Spackling paste
  • Texture paint
  • Primer
  • Fabric paint roller
  • Painting tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Water
  • Towel
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