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Help on matching plaster texture

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Hey guys,

Wrapping up a restoration of a 100 year old bank into a museum and need help matching some new drywall and patches to existing plaster texture - any tips? It seems to be a coarse sand that's been painted over many times

Property Ceiling Room Wall Plaster

Wall Plaster Wood Shadow Paper

I'm holding a 6" knife

Wall Plaster Ceiling Plasterer Paint

Many thanks
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I've mixed perlite in primer to attempt to match that . Trial and error,experiment on scrap drywall first.

Frankowitz may have some ideas.

Good luck. :thumbsup:
Just looked at pics again........maybe also try adding a little bit of popcorn to get some of the larger tex. mixed in.

Tuff to get exact match.
6" huh? :laughing:
I've come across that texture before but never tried to match it. Good luck and let us know what you used.
D, these are a pita, I have used sand and if you can find Fine popcorn Texture and use Block Filler Primer, the block filler is thick mix about a gallon of it with the sand and texture use a lambs wool roller skin about a 1" or 1 1/4" nap just make sure your drywall is smooth, then you can use a wallpaper paste brush and add stipple after you roll it out. now if your trying to blend it to the old, use the brush and feather it in, I found a ceiling I had the same texture, I didn't use the popcorn texture in the mix just sand sorry the pictures aren't better.


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You need to determine what additives will be put in the plaster mixture: sand, perlite, paper fibers.. practice until you find what you need. Mostly for small repair I use the sand. Don't forget applay a plaster weld (pink) or primer before texture and after. For texture like this I'll recommend round tar brush with long bristle. make a plaster mix with sand, tap the plaster with bristles, pull straight away. Wait few minutes, look at it, flatten your pattern or tap more if needs. Wash brush after each applications.
For that I would use sand or fine popcorn, then mix with joint compound and a little flat paint to a pancake batter consistency. Then I would spray it on the areas with a hopper feathering out into the existing texture. :thumbsup:
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Also, don't be afraid to wipe it off and do it over until you like the results..........I've done that quit a few times! :party:
To get a texture size between sand and Popcorn I've put fine textured dry popcorn in a kitchen blender (I'm single no current girlfriend to complain) and made small batches.
Hey, I am new to this site, but I noticed your question and I would have to agree with using sand. You would be surprised at how much larger the texture actually ends up when even using a finer sand. The main thing is to match the flow of the pattern. If you apply it different, that is what will stand out the most. As far as the many coats of paint, I would suggest multi-coats with sand. You can match the pattern but what you want to do is soften the texture by hiding it under some coats of paint. It looks like a very nice project you have going there. Hope this was helpful.
Thanks for all the suggestions,

After reading the replies I had a closer look and could tell the original texture was brushed on. I ended up getting some coarse sand from the golf course traps, making a mix and spraying on the larger surfaces and using a brush for the smaller patches. Worked great.

Thanks again,
thats what i was going to recomend you to do but i just joined 30 min ago however on the larger areas instead of brushing you can roll it ununiformed .
Add sand to the mud and use a sponge float to apply it for a smaller area or use a texture sprayer for a larger area. Let it set up a little, then go back over it with the sponge float.
if u do it the way bk franks recomends it will not match.
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