With the 12 in. x 12 in. Magic Mudder and 14 in. x 14 in. Magic Mudder, you have the option to do knockdown texture with the Magic Mudder as instructed below, or you can thread an extension pole or broom handle pole into the threads of the handle and texture while standing on the floor. The poles are typically only used to texture ceilings.
Mud Mixing Tool
10 or 12 in. Taping Knife or Trowel
Water Bucket w/Sponge or Brush
Sand w/120 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 surface, moving it to a new area with each tap. Overlapping the taps will blend the texture and create a more consistent look. Smaller spots of mud, closer together, make for a lacey texture. Larger spots of mud give it a fuller look. Texture to your liking.
Inspect the surface after you have completed a 6 ft. x 6 ft. section. When the base of the mud is firm and the tips are moist, begin to knock the mud down.
Step 4: Knockdown the Texture
Hold your taping knife or trowel at a 15 degree angle. Using light pressure, wipe across the tips of the textured area. Clean excess mud off the knife or trowel after each wipe. (You can use a long handled knockdown knife to wipe the texture while standing on the floor)
Expand your texture area as you become comfortable with the process. For large areas, two people can work together: one texturing the surface, the other knocking the texture down. Wash mud off the Magic Mudder with water and a sponge or rag.
Step 5: Sanding and Painting
After the mud is dry (approx. 6 – 24 hours), lightly sand the entire textured surface using medium grit paper. You are now ready to prime and paint.
QUESTIONS or Assistance? Please call John at 435-616-1776. Watch a demo of the knockdown texture style on YouTube; look for “Magic Mudder How-to Video #1”.
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.