Gilles' Outlet

September 29, 2009

Repairing Orange Peel Wall Texture

Filed under: Uncategorized — Gilles @ 6:38 am

Orange Peel texture is repaired on a wall.


Skill Level: 2~3 (Basic~Moderate)

Time Taken: About 2 hours

During a repair, it became necessary to open the drywall under a bathroom vanity. The drywall was later patched but the smooth surface did not match the orange peel section of the wall (in dark green on the picture).

It is under the cupboard so I could have left it as is but I chose to repair it. This article explains how to patch orange peel texture after drywall repair.

When patching texture, it is necessary to choose the means by which the texture will be sprayed: using a texture repair can sold at most home centers or using a hopper connected to an air compressor (the tools used by pros when spraying texture).

In my experience, cans are expensive ($15 per can) and lead to a result which is not as nice as the traditional hopper. I typically use cans if I have to patch less than 16 sq. ft. and use an air compressor / hopper for larger patches.

In this article, I will be using a can. Before starting the texture, the surface of the patch must be smooth and sanded flush with the surface of the existing wall or the repair will show.

As this article will show, repairing a small section of orange peel texture is fairly simple and well within reach of a moderately handy homeowner.

Left: I disconnected all the plumbing. In order to spray, I need unobstructed access to the wall.

Right: the manufacturer of the texture can I will use recommends to prime new wallboard before applying texture so I used a small foam roller to apply a coat of “Killz primer and stain blocker”. This primer dries in about 1h.

Left: I used painter’s paper and masking tape to protect everything I do not want to be textured. When texturing, keep in mind that there will be overspray.

Right: A can of “Homax orange peel spray texture – water based”. It features an adjustable nozzle allowing to dial in the density of the texture.

I prefer the water based formula because if I mess up, I can easily wipe the texture off the wall with a wet sponge and do it again.

I went outside and used a piece of cardboard to practice spraying. I also turned the dial to get splatters similar in size to the ones on the wall to repair.

Left: When everything was dialed in, I shook the can one more time, held the can upright about 12~16 inches from the wall and pressed the trigger. I sprayed the area moving the can in a circular motion. I made sure to fill only up to 80% of the surface.

I also feathered-in the new texture by spraying slightly over the old texture where new wallboard meets old wallboard.

Right: Close-up of the texture immediately after it was sprayed. The typical orange peel splatters are well visible You cal also see how they cover about 80% of the surface (aka the flat surface of the wall is visible on some spots).

Left: Another view of the repaired area, immediately after spraying the patch.

Right: It took about 2h for the texture to be completely dry (the can said about 30 minutes but it took longer for me). After the texture was dry, I applied another coat of primer and then several coats of paints.

By looking at the finish result at the top of the article, it is almost impossible to see the patch.

Tools Used:

  • 4’’ foam roller.
  • Utility Knife.
  • Chemical resistant gloves.

Materials Used:

  • Homax – Orange Peel Texture can. 
  • Painter’s masking tape.
  • Painter’s masking paper.
  • KillZ stain blocker primer.


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