Kung Fu Maintenance demonstrates the mudding and texturing of a popcorn ceiling drywall repair.
Alright I have got a product that works real good for me for doing drywall repairs and other repairs. You can even repair concrete. You can even repair stucco it’s a little expensive 15 bucks a bucket. Drywall’s might be cheaper, but this just dries much harder, a lot better. It also dries in 15 minutes, which is really nice. I like some of the other products out there too but lately this has been my product of choice.
Anyway, what you do is, you mix two parts of powder with one part of water. Half as much water as you have powder. And you can kind of custom mix it depending on what you’re doing, so you can use a little bit less water. You can leave it thicker, especially with what I’m doing. I’m doing a ceiling upside down, so I want it a little thicker, but still be able to stick really good. Now I’m just mixing it up with my knife here.
Looks like I’m going to need a little bit more water. Just mix it up like pancake batter. For some applications you you might want it a little thinner, if you’re prepping a floor or something. It depends on what job you’re doing.
You’ve got to mix it up real good. And you want to mix up as much as you’re going to use. We’re going to give it 15 minutes. And I also used cold water so that it doesn’t dry too fast. If I used warm water, you can tell how very fast it dries. You really want about 15 minutes. And this looks pretty good, if I hold my knife out it starts to cling to the knife, it’s going to start to firm up more. Good.
Got my garbage bags down below as a drop cloth here. The texture can be quite the messy job.
This is our scratch coat. Set the stage for repair here, we’ll improve on the appearance a little bit as we go along. What we want is a smooth and flat surface as possible. And in the surrounding areas, I’m going to put the top coat texture on this so it floats in real good.
Looking pretty good! Must have a little rock or something in there that’s making that little slice there. Okay. I’ll go ahead and let them dry, and come back and do another coat. That first one will act to just hold everything in place. Make it good.
Here’s our second coat on our deal. So now we will knock down the high spots with my knife here. If you need to sand it, sand it. That’s okay. You just want it to be as smooth as possible. Blend in as much as possible.
All right, there’s our second coat. So I’ll let that firm up and then I’ll use a sponge instead of sanding it, just kind of smooth it in just when it’s just about dry.
Just stepped in the mud. I’m just going to smooth it in, try to make it blend a little bit better before I put the popcorn patch on, just kind of spread that over here. So you wont see the line as much. So can kind of smooth out the high spots up here. The smoother it is, the better the patch is going to look once it’s textured up. With the popcorn, you don’t have to be perfect with it, as much as with the knock down texture. Popcorn can hide it a lot more.
Okay. Patch all ready to go. And then we’ll get my popcorn texture here. This texture, popcorn texture is one of the messiest maintenance jobs you’ll do so it’s a good idea to tarp everything off. You can also take the bottom part of a box and hold the box around it and spray inside the box. I didn’t have a box, so I just tarped it off here. So here goes. Pretty messy, huh?
Might have to knock it down a little as it dries but that’s about it. Okay. So we let our popcorn texture dry. Now we’re just going to scrape off any really high stuff, make it blend in a little better. Up in the corner her one little spot here, just fill in with some caulk there, make it better. And now I can let all this dry and than prime it and paint it.