Orange Peel Texture has been very popular now for years. Not Surprisingly Orange Peel Texture resembles the texture of an actual orange peel and is so named.
One of the reasons for its popularity is how fast it can be applied. Another reason is capacity to cover drywall seams easily. That is why you find orange in so many new homes. Contractors can get in and out in a fraction of the time without nearly as many hassles with taping and floating.
If you’re going to attempt your own orange peel texturing it is recommended (as it is with any type of texturing) to practice first on a piece of cardboard or even better an old sheet of drywall.
First in order to create an orange peel look on your wall you’re going to need a spray hopper. If it’s a onetime project you can rent one. They also sell a pretty inexpensive electric spray hopper for home projects. Anything more extensive you’ll probably need to get an entire pneumatic painting set up. A Hopper spray gun is pretty easy to set up and run. You basically fill the bucket connected to your spray gun with plaster and pull the trigger. That’s it in a nutshell but the particulars of actually using it skillfully are another thing entirely.
Play around with the settings on your hopper spray gun and try a couple of different sized hopper tips. A pretty easy golden rule to remember is that the higher the pressure and the smaller the hopper tip you, the smaller the orange peel bumps will appear. On the opposite side of that if you want an Orange Peel look that has larger more scattered bumps, turn down the pressure and replace the tip with a hopper that has a larger hole. Common Sense really but as they say “the problem with common sense is that it is not very common”. True yo.
Remember applying texture with a hopper spray gun is a fast and furious operation. You have to keep it moving to avoid build up. The easiest way is to go in a circular pattern.
Once you’ve got the plaster applied you can always go another step and create a knockdown texture look by simply dragging a large putty knife or trough across the top of the texture to flatten down the orange peel. Be sure you let plaster dry a little bit before doing this or you will have a wet mess and you won’t have the look you want.
Orange Peel has its benefits whether you knock it down or not. For one it’s easy to paint. Two, it hides so many imperfections on the wall. Three, its super easy to keep clean. And Four, If it is done right it looks great and adds a wonderful dimension to your walls and home.