Heavy Hand Texture

Heavy hand texture is very common in Mexican restaurants. This type of texture was originally done with plaster. These tradesman used the same techniques that they used with plaster, but with drywall mud instead.

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The above textures are very heavy, and can be time consuming. If you are going for a specific look, it is worth the time. How do Portland Drywall companies achieve this finish?

  1. Drywall Mud. Use all purpose joint compound. If you get the lite weight mud, you can save you back from extra work. When you mix it up, do not add much water. Just enough to get it to mix up.
  2. Application. Make sure you have two drywall hawks and a metal or plastic knockdown trawl. This heavy hand texture application is similar to hand brocade (ceiling texture). You will use the two drywall hawks to mash up the mud. When you pull the hawks apart, stomp one side on the surface. Repeat this process until you cover the entire connected surface.
  3. Trawling. Make sure you trawl in straight lines. Do not trawl in circles or any other type of pattern. If you do, you will see a swirl pattern.

One of the benefits of this type of texture, is that the level of finish beneath it does not have to be above a level 3. You can save time on the taping. If you hire it out, it will cost more than a standard finish (it is very time intensive to do the texture).

Once you complete the heavy hand texture, you will want to let it dry. Usually in 24 to 48 hours, it is time to check sand. Use a sand pole to remove any edges or any mud that is left over from the trawling process.


Plaster Sand Texture


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