I'm having trouble matching this drywall texture:

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Would appreciate help on this.


  • What are you having trouble with?
    – mmathis
    Nov 14, 2016 at 21:19
  • @mmathis I don't know what is this texture and how to match it. Doesn't look like knockdown to me 🤔 Nov 14, 2016 at 23:03
  • Kinda looks like popcorn, that's been scraped off and painted over, with a dirty brush. Definitely "spattered" on, with a gun though...
    – tahwos
    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:22
  • Pretty sure it is a "skip trowel". I think sometimes they even add sand or something to it to make it grainy.
    – Damon
    Nov 15, 2016 at 6:00
  • @Damon how do you mix/apply it? Nov 17, 2016 at 2:57

2 Answers 2


That's known as a "knockdown" texture, as it's sprayed on the wall and later "knocked down" with a wide taping knife.

Exactly how it's done is beyond the scope of this answer, but here are some resources.

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    Hmm I thought knockdown results in smaller and more edgy spots. The ones I have are much larger Nov 14, 2016 at 23:02
  • It depends largely on the mud mix and technique.
    – isherwood
    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:44
  • Downvoter, care to comment? Wall texture varies widely depending on a number of factors, but you don't get uniform plateaus like this without a trowelling technique commonly known as knockdown. If you disagree, at least offer a reason.
    – isherwood
    Nov 15, 2016 at 14:27
  • Down vote was because It is not a knock down.
    – Damon
    Nov 15, 2016 at 14:40
  • Left a comment on the OP question.
    – Damon
    Nov 18, 2016 at 2:41

That is skip trowel texture. Easily confused for knock down in a lot of cases. Because im not the best at verbal, or written explanation, i found a video that should help you out immensely. Here you go, and best of luck. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=864zytTOoq4

  • StackExchange policy expects you to include at least some highlights of the technique shown in the video. After all, videos disappear all the time. It doesn't have to be fancy or well written, just something that will last longer than a random video.
    – FreeMan
    Jan 20 at 15:10

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