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Types of Texture Paint

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Texture paint is a quick and inexpensive way to give your interior walls a fresh, new look. Often used as an alternative to wallpaper, texture paint is also particularly helpful for hiding a wall's minor flaws and imperfections. There are several styles and types of texture paint available, and the one you choose will depend on the scope and nature of your painting project.

Premixed Texture Paint

This type of texture paint contains large particles of sand that give it a gritty, grainy appearance. Premixed texture paint is relatively quick and easy to apply, but the resulting texture isn't particularly appealing when viewed up close. For this reason, premixed texture paint is most often used on ceilings, where close scrutiny is less likely.

Sand Texture Paint

With sand texture paint, you add the texture yourself in the form of sand or other particles. Since you mix it yourself, you can fine tune the final texture to be as coarse or fine as you wish. You can stir in large, rough granules for ceiling paint or small, fine particles suitable for texturing interior walls.

Smooth Texture Paint

Unlike premixed and sand texture paints, the smooth texture paint contains no particles. Smooth and incredibly thick, it is applied with a trowel or putty knife and sculpted to give the appearance of plaster or stucco. Although mixing isn't necessary, most paint stores do sell a texturing agent that can be added to the smooth texture paint to give it a rougher finish.

Other Texture Paint Options

Like regular house paint, texture paint is available in latex (water-based) and alkyd (oil-based), and a variety of finishes (flat, eggshell, or glossy). Flat latex paint is a popular choice for walls and ceiling because it doesn't require a primer on the surface. It is also durable enough to hide flaws and the seams between drywall.

Issues with Texture Paint

When you apply texture paint to a surface, you are actually creating a number of tiny peaks and valleys. It may not be apparent to the naked eye, but texturing a wall or ceiling can actually increase the surface area by as much as 15 to 25 percent. When it comes time to repaint the textured surface, you'll need to take this into account when purchasing paint.

Texture paint is also much more difficult to remove than standard household paint. For this reason, you should settle on the desired look before you begin. Your local paint or home improvement store should have sample cards available to show you the different finishes available with texture paint.

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