How to Stipple a Ceiling
October 28, 2014
A stipple ceiling texture (also known as a slap brush ceiling texture) is created when you work a wet joint compound into a pattern with a stipple brush. The whole purpose of stippling a ceiling is to create a unique design that hides a ceiling’s visual imperfections.
Overall, it is a visually appealing ceiling finish and isn’t as difficult to achieve as many believe. This article looks at what you need to do to get a professional looking stipple.
The entire purpose of a stipple texture is to hide minor flaws in a ceiling. You shouldn’t stipple a ceiling in order to cover major flaws, as odds are it won’t be able to do it. Larger flaws, mainly uneven drywall, will still be clear to see under any texture you create.
Before you start the stippling process, repair the ceiling and get it to as smooth a surface as you think it can be. The stippling process covers the drywall. A base coat should be used in order to make sure that it doesn’t dry too quickly and ruin the continuity of your pattern. Before you start, be sure that you have enough of compound at hand to complete.
Stippling will require you to get to grips with the ‘pouncing’ technique. It just means pushing the stippling brush bristle ends into the compound instead of pulling them from side-to-side. This will create a curved and circular position as the bristles spread out. Before you even get close to your dry wall, practice it as many times as you feel comfortable with on dry wall scraps. In order to get the best results, apply continued and non-varying pressure. Overlap the edges of the stipple pattern to ensure that there aren’t any un-textured areas on the ceiling. Should you be using a double stipple brush, rotate the brush a half-turn between each imprint for better results.
Tape is a basic item, but will play a key role in getting a professional finish. Cover the top eight inches of all walls with tape and newspaper, to help protect the borders while stippling.
Move all small furniture out of the room, and cover the floor and large furniture with protective cloths. When it comes to stippling, you have two options. Those who have done it before may want to use a stick to work from the floor. If you haven’t done it before it is advised that you work from the top of a ladder. Mix the compound with water until it is loose yet manageable. Stir it further with a paddle attachment and power drill till it reaches the consistency of pancake batter. Beware of over mixing and under mixing.
Apply the compound to the ceiling with a heavy-nap roller, treat it like paint and keep the layers thin. Work in 6ft by 6ft blocks and always roll the compound in a single direction instead of just applying it here, there and everywhere. As your stippling, remember to keep the roller prepped and ready to go with more compound. Speed should always be the key when stippling, as you do have time constraints due to the compound drying. Try and utilize a ‘pounce and move’ philosophy to get the best results, as such will keep you on the move. Repeat the process across the 6ft by 6ft blocks you have designated until the process is complete. When it is done wait a few days before applying any paint, should this be something you want to do.
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