How Do You Do Orange Peel Texture Roller Method?

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The orange peel look is not only pleasing to the eye, it can also hide imperfections in walls that need painting. Spraying watered-down joint compound through an airless paint sprayer is the normal method for achieving an orange peel wall texture, but the sprayers are not easy to use and can be messy. An alternative to spraying orange peel texture is to use a roller to apply the finish. Roller painting does not require the skills and equipment needed for spraying. Fill a 5-gallon pail half full with joint compound and add enough water to make a fairly thin solution that is just thick enough to not be runny. Mix the solution thoroughly with a paint-mixing paddle attached to an electric drill until it is the consistency of yogurt or heavy cream. If the mixture is too thin, add more joint compound; add more water if it is too thick. Try rolling some of the mixture onto a test scrap of drywall to test its consistency and then adjust if necessary. If the finish runs down the wall, add ... more
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