Jesse I ordered the LACO TG500 awhile back and I really like it but there is a learning curve with it. Also just a helpful hint or two. I cut the top off a wide mouth jug to use as a funnel and when it comes time to clean up the gun I found if I use pipe cleaners I can clean out all the orifice holes and the rubber and brass hoses inside...real time saver my man. I even called Louie(the owner)and told him to put a few pipe cleaners in with the gun so he could also say it comes with a cleaning kit.
i did order one last week .i do alot of knockdown texture patches in rentals. this worked pretty good the more i used it the better i could match the texture. i also found that the more or less mud i left on the spounge changed the size of the pattern. deffintly worth the 12 bucks i paid for itSorry but I can't post url you can do a youtube serach for knockdown patch and it is the one with the guy driving up in a gray Chevy w/trailer.
It is a sponge type.
really the guy only charges 12 bucks .But you decided to to make one your self . i bought one and it worked great . any time i see a tool thats made by a reglar guy. i give him props and if i can i'll try to use there product especially a drywall guy.I willI saw this video last week and figured I'd give it a try. I didn't order the store bought one but took a couple of grout sponges (new) and made my own. I have 4 sides all with different hole patterns. I just carefully tore some out. One I left plain for orange peal. I used one yesterday and the patch came out perfect. About a mid sized knockdown pattern with some large blobs in it. I like the way this works. The customer saw it today just primed and said "perfect" Thats what I like to hear.
This sort of knockdown texture is normal down here. It's in most every house in one form or another. Originally I am from upstate NY where texture was never seen. All smooth wall up there.That texture looks more like our exterior stucco around here. That is one of the heaviest I've ever seen!