were redoing our ceilings to get the popcorn off. Wife wants to mud the ceilings but NOT to sand due to dust getting everywhere. Ive mudded as best as I can and its pretty flat using 12" blades. I figure I can hide most of the imperfections with paint. The stipple on a roller should do the trick, but I cant find any pictures anywhere showing the stipple of 1/2 or 3/4 rollers. Which would give enough stipple to hide the imperfections without looking too clumpy?

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    Paint goes on flat, not stipple. If you want stipple then most people apply drywall mud with a roller and then paint after.
    – crip659
    Commented Jul 30, 2023 at 11:18
  • I think you're just gonna have to experiment with various rollers and mud thicknesses until you get something that SWMBO likes.
    – Huesmann
    Commented Jul 30, 2023 at 12:14
  • Alternatively, rent a drywall sander with HEPA vacuum attached.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Jul 30, 2023 at 13:44
  • @crip659 I regularly stipple my paint with a 3/8" nap roller. I prefer it to dead smooth. Additional coats increases the depth of the texture.
    – isherwood
    Commented Aug 29, 2023 at 19:12
  • Paint doesn't hide texture problems. Even if you buy "self-leveling" paint it only does so much. Prep is key.
    – isherwood
    Commented Aug 29, 2023 at 19:14

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Getting a texture on the ceiling (or walls) is not done with paint.

You need to spray, stomp, sponge or roll on a texture using drywall compound, or spray cans.

There are various textures and methods. The easiest is to spray a texture called orange peel, which can be very light or heavy. You can roll some textures as well. Roll on Texture

Depending on the size of the ceiling, you can use spray cans or rent a hopper sprayer. ( cans can get expensive) For a larger ceiling ( anything bigger than 100sq ft.) you should get a hopper sprayer. Practice with it and find a texture you like.

Here is a link to a video that gives a lot of info. Spray orange peel.

Once textured you can paint.


I applied drywall mud using a trowel and varying the pattern. size of trowel can vary. smooth out with sponge if necessary. options are unlimited. texmex look.


I'm just adding a comment on prep before the final painting. Popcorn ceilings often have ridges of drywall compound over the joints between drywall boards. If you have a bare bulb worklight that you can put up extremely close to ceiling level and shine in different directions while at a very low angle to the ceiling, it should show you if you have more places that need more floating before final painting.

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