Drywall Knockdown Texture
Drywall knockdown texture comes in several different flavors. Machine brocade knockdown and hand brocade knockdown are the two types. These drywall knockdown textures are created by trawling the drywall mud or knocking it down after the mud is applied. How do you create this texture? What are the steps?
To create a hand brocade drywall knockdown texture,
you need a few tools. Here is the list in no particular order:
- Drywall Hawk. Depending on the type of texture, you will need either one or two drywall hawks.
- 6 inch drywall knife (you will use this to "scoop" out drywall mud from your bucket).
- Buckets. It is good to have at least two buckets. One for water and one for your mud.
- Knockdown Trawl. You can pick either a plastic or metal trawl. For novice users, the plastic trawl is much easier to use.
- Electric drill with mixing paddle or a mud stomper.
- Bench. If you are working on 8ft, 9ft, or 10ft ceilings, and are applying the drywall knockdown texture, you will need to get a bench. This will allow you to reach the ceilings and apply the hand texture (for hand applications) or it will allow you to reach for masking or trawling purposes.
- Ladder. For areas where you can not reach on a bench. Such as a stairwell or vaulted area.
- Scaffolding. Sometimes, a ladder or bench is not optimal for applying the texture. There are many rental centers that can set you up with the proper scaffolding set up.
How To Apply Hand Brocade Drywall Knockdown Texture
It is important to get the drywall mud mixed properly. If you get the mix to thin or to thick it can change the way the texture looks. It will also change the way you apply it. Mix up your texture mud in one of the empty buckets. Add one to two cups of water to the mix. You can always add more water if you do not get the consistency you like. The same is with the mud. You can always add more mud to the mix if it is too thin.
After you get the mix just right, it will be time to start applying it. Use the 6 inch knife to scoop out some mud onto your drywall hawk. Grab the second hawk, as you will use it to applicate the mud to the ceiling. Use the two drywall hawks to mash up the mud. As you pull the drywall hawks away from each other, it will create a pattern. Using the top hawk, apply the drywall texture mud to the ceiling. Each time you apply some drywall mud, turn the hawk. You will want to create a random pattern. If you apply it in a random pattern, it will look more uniform after you are finished. One of the common mistakes from new applicators, is to repeat the same pattern or apply the drywall knockdown texture in rows. Avoid this!
Keep applying the drywall knockdown texture to the ceiling. Before you trawl, you will want to cover the entire connected surface. When you have the ceiling covered with your texture, then you can start the trawling process. It is important to apply the texture mud to the entire surface. If you stop and trawl a section, trying to blend back into it is not very easy.
When you start to trawl, make sure you trawl in the same direction. Start in the corner and walk in straight lines. Be sure to overlap the edges of the knockdown trawl. Use some of the mud on the trawl's edge to create a border around the room. Each time you make a pass, clean the front and backside of the trawl. This will keep your edges clean. This is where the plastic trawl really shines. It is not as sensitive as the metal trawl. Often you can start trawling earlier with the plastic knife. There is more flex in the blade. With the metal trawl, it is not as forgiving and you can smash the texture very easily.
There are many different varieties of drywall knockdown texture you can create by changing the application process. You can cover the drywall hawk with plastic, and this will create a different pattern. Some finishers use a balled up piece of paper with plastic over it as a application tool. The possibilities are endless. The key is to make the pattern random and avoid repeating the same patterns.