When putting a knockdown texture on a wall, use any kind of a joint compound, wall compound or drywall mud. Use a roller to apply drywall mud when putting knockdown texture on a wall with help from a home repair specialist in this free video on drywall installation.
Hi I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to do a knock down drywall texture. Now when we are putting a knockdown texture on a wall it is something that just about anybody can do with just a little bit of practice. Now what we are going to use is we are actually going to use any kind of a joint compound so any kind of a wall compound, joint compound, drywall mud, that's what we would use. Now the alternate method of applying this that I am going to demonstrate today is just using a roller so with a roller we can actually put this into place and then take a roller and what we want to do is we just want to roll a coat. Now as I am rolling this one good thing about knockdown texture is that if you have got some old wall, particularly old plaster walls or walls that are in pretty rough shape instead of having to go to the cost of completely tearing that out and redrywalling those then you can use this knockdown texture. It gives you a nice look and it will cover all the imperfections in a wall or in a ceiling and again something very easy that anybody can do. Now the important next step is that once we have got a good coating on the wall such as this we are going to want to let this set up and dry just a little bit. Now the longer we let it dry and the better texture we are going to get, the better knockdown texture we are going to get and then you can take any kind of a knife, in this case I have got a plastic taping knife or a broad knife such as this six inch or even a ten inch taping knife. Now they make special knockdown knives but believe me these probably more than likely are tools that you already have around or they are a little more cost effective to buy and they will work just fine on the knockdown texture. Now once we have got the place and we have let it dry a little bit then what we are going to do is we are just going to put our taping knife at a slight angle and I find it easier to work left to right and then we want to just lightly drag over the top. Now this is still a little white so we're not going to quite get the appearance that we want but you can see right here in this section what it does is it just knocks down the top and it leaves some impressions around and that's what we want. Again the drier this is then the more little impressions you are going to get and it gives you a nice pattern. Once we do this all we have got to do is prime this when it is dry after about 24 to 48 hours and paint it and we're good to go. I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to apply a knockdown finish.