Drywall 101

Orange Peel Drywall Texture

During the 1980's and very early 1990's you would still see orange peel textures being used in new construction accross the Southwest United States. Durring the 1990's, hand textures such as halk and trowel, skip trowel, or santa fe, became much more popular. Now you very rarely see orange peel texture used in new construction. You may still find it in Hotels or other large commercial applications.

How is it applied?

Orange peel texture is very similar to Spray/splatter knockdown.. Texture mud is sprayed through a long hose to the spray nozzle. Running parallel to the mud hose is a high pressure air line. In the spray nozzle the air and mud meet and as the mud is pumped from the end of the nozzle, the compressed air splatters it into thousands of small dropplets of drywall mud. These droplets of drywall mud land on the surface creating a texture resembling the peel of an orange, thus the name.

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Picture of orange peel drywall texture

When spraying orange peel texture, a smaller tip is used on the end of the nozzle as well as slightly higher air pressure compared to that used when spraying knockdown. This makes the droplets of mud exiting the nozzle smaller than knockdown texture. As drywall mud is sprayed evenly accross the surface it creates a texture resembling that of an orange peel. When spraying orange peel it is imperative that the texture is sprayed evenly. Spraying an even orange peel texture is in many ways more difficult than spraying knockdown.

Unlike spray knockdown textures, orange peel is left to dry as is. You do not touch the texture once it has been sprayed. This texture can be primed and painted as normal.

Below are some more examples of orange peel textures

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