Learn how to do a Hand Texture with the Magic Mudder
With the 12 in. x 12 in. Magic Mudder and 14 in. x 14 in. Magic Mudder, you have the option to apply the mud using the Magic Mudder as instructed below, or you can thread an extension pole or broom handle pole into the threads on the handle and thus apply the mud while standing on the floor. The poles are typically only used to apply mud to ceilings.
A Magic Mudder
Mud Mixing Tool
10 or 12 in. Taping Knife or Trowel
Water Bucket w/Sponge or Brush
Sand w/150 Grit Paper
*For texturing with a pole handle, you may want a plastic tub or tote to hold the mud
Step 1: Preparation
Add approximately 1 to 2 cups of water to a box or bucket of mud. Mix completely. Add more water to achieve a thinner texture.
Step 2: Loading the Magic Mudder
Place an even coating of mud on your Hawk tool. (If texturing with a pole handle, pour mud into a plastic tub or tote or onto a piece of plastic or drywall) Lightly tap the Magic Mudder on the mud until the foam surface is covered.
Step 3: Texturing the Surface
Tap the Magic Mudder against the wall or ceiling, moving it to a new area with each tap. Overlapping the taps will blend the texture and create a more consistent look.
After applying the mud to about a 4 ft. x 4 ft. area, go to step 4.
Step 4: Smoothing the Texture
Using the small Magic Mudder model #660544, while mud is still wet, spread the applied mud using a swirling motion. Then, smooth the mud over with your 10 or 12 In. taping knife or trowel. Note: Magic Mudder model #661244 can also be used to spread the applied mud. It just takes more arm strength.
Expand your texture area as you become comfortable with the process. For large areas, two people can work together: one applying the mud to the surface, the other spreading the mud with the small Magic Mudder and smoothing it with the knife or trowel. Tweak the texture to your liking, putting more or less mud on the wall or ceiling to get the texture just how you want it.
Note for the Magic Mudder Hand texture style: Use the same technique as instructed above. Just let the mud set on the surface a little longer before spreading with the small Magic Mudder.
Step 5: Sanding and Painting
After the mud is dry (approx. 6 – 24 hours), sand the entire textured surface using 150 grit paper. Sanding helps eliminate any unwanted marks. You are now ready to prime and paint.
This texture can be applied over painted surfaces and then repainted. This texture can also be applied over already textured and painted surfaces, but the heavier the existing texture, the heavier the new texture will need to be.
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We have found these methods will help anyone to apply and maintain a consistent texture. Feel free to use the tool to your liking. There are many variations to every texture style. Have fun and do it your way.
Do not leave this tool in the very hot sun-it may warp.