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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Carnicella

Spraying Drywall Texture The Easy Way

Updated: Apr 30

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Orange Peel texture application is definitely high on the list when you look at common, trending, residential finishes in new construction. This is especially true in the western United States, and also in southeast United States. The cool thing is that the name “Orange Peel” name completely describes the look of the final finish. Genius.

Applying an orange peel texture to walls or ceilings using a spray rig involves creating a fine, textured finish that resembles the surface of an orange peel. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you achieve this textured look:

Materials and Tools:

  1. Drywall joint compound

  2. Water

  3. Orange peel texture mix (pre-mixed or powder that can be mixed with water)

  4. Texture spray rig or hopper gun

  5. Air compressor

  6. Joint compound knives (for mixing)

  7. Plastic sheeting and painter's tape (for masking)

  8. Safety gear (safety glasses, mask, and gloves)


  1. Prepare the Surface:

    • Ensure that the drywall surface is clean, dry, and free of dust. Repair any imperfections or holes with joint compound, and sand the surface smooth.

  1. Masking:

    • Cover floors, furniture, and any areas you don't want textured with plastic sheeting and painter's tape. Mask off edges and trim as well.

  1. Mix the Orange Peel Texture:

    • If you're using a pre-mixed texture, follow the manufacturer's instructions. If you're using a powder mix, combine it with water according to the recommended ratio. Use joint compound knives to achieve a smooth consistency.

  1. Load the Hopper Gun:

    • Fill the hopper gun or texture spray rig with the mixed orange peel texture. Adjust the nozzle or settings on the gun to control the size of the texture particles.

  1. Test on Scrap Material:

    • Before spraying the walls, test the texture on a piece of scrap drywall or cardboard to ensure that the desired texture size and consistency are achieved.

  1. Spray the Orange Peel Texture:

    • Hold the hopper gun about 18 to 24 inches away from the wall or ceiling surface. Begin spraying in a consistent pattern, moving the gun in a circular or random motion. Overlap each pass slightly to avoid gaps.

  1. Adjusting the Air Pressure:

    • If your spray rig has an adjustable air compressor, experiment with different pressures to achieve the desired texture. Higher pressure tends to create smaller, finer textures, while lower pressure creates larger textures.

  1. Work in Sections:

    • Divide the wall or ceiling into manageable sections, working one section at a time. Allow each section to dry before moving on to the next.

  1. Blend Edges:

    • To create a seamless appearance, blend the edges of each section as you work. This helps avoid noticeable lines between different sections.

  1. Dry and Inspect:

    • Allow the orange peel texture to dry completely according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Once dry, inspect the surface for uniformity and make any necessary touch-ups.

Remember to follow safety precautions, including wearing protective gear, and ensure proper ventilation in the work area. Adjustments to the texture mix and spray gun settings may be necessary to achieve the desired orange peel effect.

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