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Old 01-25-2006, 10:50 PM   #1
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I Need Some Tips On Creating A Skip Trowel Texture


Hello I am a painting contractor just begining to do texturing as well. I need some tips on how to create a satisfactory skip trowel texture. Any tips would be appreciated
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Old 01-26-2006, 01:02 AM   #2
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Find a topless dancer and have her play bumper thumper while the walls are still wet. .......Then post the pics here.

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Re: I Need Some Tips On Creating A Skip Trowel Texture


Here is a simple method. I'm assuming first that it is new drywall correct?
Ok....get a few buckets of plus 3.....add about 2-3 cups of wter and mix it for a good 1-2 minutes onn high speed. Get a paint roller (with a large nap on it) and roll product on the walls. It should be going on pretty thick. Just get the product on a wall as fast as possible (I usually have 2 guys rolling in front of me) With a 10" knife, just glide it across from left to right very lightly just to somewhat flatten the area that was mudded (doesnt have to be perfect at all)now quikly go back in a random pattern "skipping"that 10" knife lightly. DO NOT stand knife up as it will remove too much mud. kinda lay it down as you skip. Do small arches,crosses etc....just mix it up and try to keep the consistency even and it should come out ok. Best of luck hope I helped.
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Re: I Need Some Tips On Creating A Skip Trowel Texture


I have tried skim caoting witha roller, but even though I have tried this with varied amounts of presure and different vicosities of mud it only will roll for a short distance. It will slide at that point. Am I a "tard"? I have also tried to change the nap thickness as well.
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go on to ebay an purchase the cd on texturing...
or better yet get the tex machine and a sheet of drywall and practice.

to start you can use a compressor about 50 psi and get a tex gun...mix (we use) kal tex to the manufacture spec
then practice..when ready just skim across the texture. if its to wet you will get ribs as you finish your stroke.
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I have tried skim caoting witha roller, but even though I have tried this with varied amounts of presure and different vicosities of mud it only will roll for a short distance. It will slide at that point. Am I a "tard"? I have also tried to change the nap thickness as well.

Get a high end roller, it cant be an old paint roller. GMOD
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Get a high end roller, it cant be an old paint roller. GMOD
Dern, I wish ya hadn't said that, i was gonna say, I find they roll better with a cheap roller than a exspensive one. Oh yeah, and thin the mud out
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Dern, I wish ya hadn't said that, i was gonna say, I find they roll better with a cheap roller than a exspensive one. Oh yeah, and thin the mud out

Capt, i guess what i was thinking, when he said the roller would start to slide instead of roll, i pictured an old roller with paint residue built up on the shaft, sometimes they get a little stiff in the role dept. I am sure a cheap one, if it was not bent and was clean, would do the job, GMOD
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we always use a 20oz dipper cup 2.5-3 cups water about a half-3.4 cup of fine sand per box of heavy mud. then get a small amount on a 12-14 and slide it against the wall steadly leting the sand in the mud make it skip dif spots. takes practice for sure and no 2 people do it the same from my exp
some people make tiger stripes others are a speckly knock down looking stuff i do a swirly seashell looking thing and make these spiral vortexs
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sry 1/2-3/4 cup sand kindav unclear when i reread it
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we always use a 20oz dipper cup 2.5-3 cups water about a half-3.4 cup of fine sand per box of heavy mud. then get a small amount on a 12-14 and slide it against the wall steadly leting the sand in the mud make it skip dif spots. takes practice for sure and no 2 people do it the same from my exp
some people make tiger stripes others are a speckly knock down looking stuff i do a swirly seashell looking thing and make these spiral vortexs
That's how we do it here. But, "skip trowel" is a regional thing. It can be different texture depending on where you are located around the country.
Here's ours:
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Re: I Need Some Tips On Creating A Skip Trowel Texture


Sir Mixalot...That is exacly the same texture in the oicture that I need to match, Guess I better practice the method. So if I buy a box of topping.....what screen size of sand is it? And how much water?
Thanks,
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Sir Mixalot...That is exacly the same texture in the oicture that I need to match, Guess I better practice the method. So if I buy a box of topping.....what screen size of sand is it? And how much water?
Thanks,
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Around two cups of sand and roughly 2 cups of water.
I should mention I use a hawk and knife to achieve this texture.
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Re: I Need Some Tips On Creating A Skip Trowel Texture


Here's another style of doing the skip trowel that may help, to get another effect. http://www.drywalltips.org/skip-trowel-texture-technique.htm

It's heavier with more variation. All depends on personal tastes.
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i dont ues sand..just thin the mud and a real light touch..i like smooth finish not sandy like stucco
its just prefrence..
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Wow. I guess I have lived skip texture for so long I thought it was a main stream kind of thing. Here there are so many different types of skip. Directional, cross skip, curve skip, etc. Also how thin you get the mud makes a huge difference. I use a 18" curved knockdown knife and pan to achieve any type of skip texture. If you are doing new construction I also like a 24" knife and pan.
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It is funny that textures that are common in parts of the country are rare in others . I've been taping new houses for over 20 years and never done or been asked to do a skip trowel texture.
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I agree, it's everywhere in MS, haven't seen it yet in FL. We spray a heavy splatter and knock it down. (Pensacola, FL) Then again, we are the only one's I've seen that do a stomp ceiling around here too.
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When it comes to using a roller to apply your mud have any of you guys tried a textured roller skin? it will hold a lot more mud then a paint roller skin, I use them all the time
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I agree, it's everywhere in MS, haven't seen it yet in FL.
So when did you move from MS to Florida?

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