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How to Paint Textured Walls: Interior Painting Tips

You love your textured walls. Those unique designs differentiate your home from all the cookie-cutter looks cluttering the neighborhood. The problem is that you’ll eventually need to paint your walls. When you do, you’ll discover that painting over a textured area is tricky. Here’s a guide to painting textured walls.

Understanding the Problem

Image via Flickr by photofarmer

Image via Flickr by photofarmer

Historically, painting has been easy. You operated on a flat surface that required no special tricks to complete the job. What you will discover when painting a textured surface is that there are many added challenges.

The textures that create the unique style you love are difficult to refresh with paint. The chemicals that create basic paint adhesion require a smooth surface. When you lack that, the process grows trickier. The peaks that don’t exist with regular painted walls grow hard over time. Those bumps prevent adhesion. Similarly, if you used a design with peaks and valleys, getting the paint all the way into the narrow ridges is extremely difficult.

Preparing for the Job

You need different materials than for a regular job to paint a textured wall. The preparation is largely the same, though. First, clean the areas that you intend to paint. Then make certain they’re dry. Any cobwebs, dirt, dust, or moisture will prevent the paint from sticking. That will increase the odds that it peels quickly, rendering your work irrelevant.

Once everything is clean, tape the areas that you are not painting. This will prevent them from getting a drop (or more) of paint, which can change their color in an unwanted fashion. Then, take a textured paint roller and apply primer. Use it to treat the entire area you plan to paint. Be sure to get the primer in all the crevices. Otherwise, the color in the repainted area will be uneven.

The Paint Job

First, buy more paint than usual, because you’ll need the extra materials. Because you’re filling in gaps, you’re going to use more paint than if you were covering an ordinary flat surface. This immediately comes into play when you start the actual painting process. You’ll want to use more paint than normal on the roller. If you’re working in a narrower space, a wall brush is also acceptable.

Use the extra paint to cover several rows at once. You’re not trying to paint the same spot to the point of excessiveness. Your goal is to get every nook and cranny, but if you apply too much material, you run the risk of dripping paint. That will look terrible. If it’s easier, start by applying paint as if you were drawing the letter V. Then, return to painting rows using the extra paint. This will lead to a more even paint job while still guaranteeing that paint fills every crack of the texture.

Painting textured walls requires patience and effort plus a bit of strategy. Follow the suggestions above to create a great new look for your wall while retaining its novelty.

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