How to Make Textured Paint & Primer for a Wall

by John DeMerceau
Create a sand-like finish by adding texture mix to your paint.

Create a sand-like finish by adding texture mix to your paint.

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Textured paint gives interior and exterior walls a striking and durable finish that has the added effect of covering surface cracks and imperfections. Textured primer reinforces the corrective aspect of textured paint by filling in cracks before painting, and it prepares the surface so that the textured paint adheres to it more efficiently. You can prepare textured paint and primer by adding a specially prepared paint texture mix to your paint or primer. These additives are available in sand and stone finishes, and you can find fine, medium and coarse texture mixes from various manufacturers.

Items you will need

  • Mixing bucket or basin
  • Mixing stick
  • Rollers and brushes for textured paint
  • Face mask
  • Safety goggles
Step 1

Pour a gallon or more of paint or primer into your mixing bucket. In order to achieve an even texture, you should mix as much paint with additive as you can at the same time, paying attention to make sure it will not dry out before you use it.

Step 2

Put on your face mask and goggles before opening the package of texture additive, as it is a powder that can irritate your eyes and nasal passages.

Step 3

Pour as much texture additive as you want into the paint or primer. Use the manufacturer's instructions as a guideline, keeping in mind that the more you add, the thicker the finish will be and the better it will be for hiding imperfections, but that the additive also thickens the paint or primer and increases the amount you will need to cover your wall.

Step 4

Apply the paint or primer to your wall using a roller or brush specifically intended for texture paint. The brushes are similar to concrete paint brushes and have stiff bristles; the rollers have a rough surface that helps you create the textured finish.

Step 5

Allow the primer or first coat to dry thoroughly. Follow up with a coat of paint over the primer, or a second coat of paint across the entire wall or at any section where the texture is uneven or not to your liking.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a fine-texture additive for primer, especially if you want to use a coarser or stone-like texture over it. This ensures that the primer will cover imperfections and add to the overall look of your wall rather than making the coating overly thick and heavy.
  • You can also obtain powdered pumice stone that is sold for refinishing wood. It is available in four grades of coarseness; you add it to paint according to the steps in this article.

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