Rated 4.7 out of 5Â by 47
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Free88 Great Texture Gun When Adjusted Properly
This is a great texture gun when dialed in right. Unfortunately, the instructions are not much help. Fact is, every situation is different and the manual doesn't really spell out what to do.
First off, you need to prepare the ceiling. A quick scrape with a 24" trowel will get help get rid of some grittiness. It is highly recommended that you prime the ceiling before texture application. This will help homogenize the surface. Meaning, that the drying, coloring, absorbing, etc. characteristics of your various ceilings throughout the house will be normalized so that they will be consistently the same throughout. Baths and kitchens are usually the most extreme in variance, because they usually receive more paint coats over the years (not to mention repeated exposure to higher humidity). Therefore, without priming, the drying time in particular will be much different in the bathroom than it would be in the living room. Priming will help to normalize your overall drying times and make a more consistent overall texture.
Second, forget the book instructions on how to mix the mud, set the gun, and set the compressor. For a new construction, they may get you close. But, in a remodel situation, the recommended settings wont work. Your best bet is to buy a sheet of drywall (prime it first) and try out several mud viscosities, gun settings, compressor settings, tips, etc. For our application, we found that 50-55 PSI at the compressor, 1/2 to 2/3 flow at the gun, 3/4 throw at the trigger, and the medium tip to work best. Mud mixed to heavy cake batter.
We have a 150PSI 26 gallon compressor, 75 feet of 3/8" line. This compressor was way more than enough for this job, so if yours is smaller you should be fine. I would probably stay away from a cheap 3 gallon compressor, though. 125PSI 10 gallon compressor is probably the lowest you will want to go if doing a whole house.
Once you get your setting and equipment dialed in, you will need to develop a strategy. Smaller rooms tend to dry slower than larger rooms. So, you may want to do those first. However you do it, you will have to judge each area individually before you use the trowel. Don't just rely on a clock. Some of our rooms were ready to trowel in as little as 30 minutes, while others took about an hour. Practice on the test drywall sheet until you can get a feel for when to trowel. Once you get that down, try to trowel in a consistent motion. I found that a 24" trowel worked best for us. It allows you to work the smaller areas, but also has a great spread in the larger areas.
After texturing, allow 24 hours to dry. Use the trowel again to remove bump and grit. Next, you need to prime again. This will normalize the ceiling for painting. Paint and you are all done.
Conclusion, practice and priming are essential if you want a professional look. It is a ton of work to do this, so be prepared to spend 3-5 days minimum for a whole house application. In the end, you will save thousands.
February 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by dood Made it easy to do a better job than my drywall guy...
I've never textured or really finished drywall. I figured that I could do just as good as anybody else. I watched a couple you tube videos, read the instructions and set up a big piece of cardboard in the backyard to practice on. I dialed the compressor to right at 25 PSI and opened the trigger up to the right setting for the type of coverage I wanted (the instructions give you the details). I found that the thickness of the mud and the level of dryness before you actually run the texture knife over it really makes a difference. I ended up when finally coating the laundry room doing a surprisingly fantastic job. This thing made it easy. Very adjustable and easy to work with.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by 2488Fan EXCELLENT PURCHASE
Easy to assemble, and quick to learn how to use. Was first time ever spraying texture to a ceiling. Practiced for about 1 minute on an old door outside, and then sprayed both my downstairs bathroom and the living room in less than an hour. Worked great and looks like it was done by a professional. The hopper and hopper gun were easily cleaned with warm water. If you tape around the ceiling with the Blue 3M tape with at least 24" of plastic material attached, you will get very little over spray. Any over spray can be easily and quickly cleaned up with warm water and a cloth.
January 27, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0Â by MitchF Spray and Muted
This unit was so hard to use, I will not spend more time trying to learn and will not use it again.
Got lousy results that practically ruined my room needing texturing.
I read the instructions for both the hopper gun and the same brand dry mix (neither give any troubleshooting hints). I watched YouTube videos of how to mix and spray. I practiced on a small 2' X 4' cardboard before trying on the drywall.
First, the mix still had unblended powder after many minutes of stirring with a paddle stirrer in my drill motor. Those little bits got through the gun nozzle and left little rough spots on the wall. I only needed a simple orangepeel texture so I used the smallest nozzle and 40 psi pressure. But got globs of texture upon starting and then very little after a few seconds. I diluted the texture and tried again with little improvement. I ended up using a long knap roller and rolled a texture in the mess sprayed on the wall.
I am a pretty handy guy with a lot of spray painting experience. I sure could not get this gun to do the job. I will go back to using a texture roller and aerosol can of texture for touch ups. Don't be fooled, this is not an easy tool to learn.
February 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Mosguy Great gun
This is a good texture gun. I just used it this weekend to spray an orange peel texture on an attic remodel and the results were excellent.
The multiple adjustments for flow control and trigger pull really let you fine tune your pattern. Control the rest of your pattern through air pressure settings. The higher the air pressure, the finer the texture.
The top of the hopper is covered halfway. This is great for spraying ceilings and keeping compound off of your face, but it does make the underside of that area a little difficult to clean. Just take it outside and hose it out and you will be fine.
May 14, 2013