Drywall 101

Skip Trowel drywall texture

The term Skip Trowel has been used generally to refer to various hand drywall textures. A true skip trowel texture is applied with a special curved knife that is 18 inches wide. The mud is applied very thin and the angle of the knife to the drywall surface causes the mud to skip accross the surface leaving behind the texture. A true skip trowel texture is identified by the small round circles of mud spread accross the smooth surface below.

Skip Trowel drywall texture is often confused with a Hawk and Trowel drywall texture. Hawk and Trowel textures have more straight lines and several levels of texture flowing over one another as opposed to the distinct circles that define a true Skip Trowel texture. Skip Trowel drywall texture at times resembles a very thin Santa Fe texture however they are not the same. The main difference is the percent coverage differance between Santa Fe and Skip Trowel.

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Where can you buy the knife needed to apply this texture? Many online stores sell these knives as knockdown knives or perhaps drywall texture knives. It is very difficult to find this type of knife in brick and mortar stores outside of the southwestern US. Most big box stores outside of the Southwest United States do not carry them however you may be able to find one at a drywall supply store specializing in drywall tools. Just be aware that if you use the term Skip Trowel to refer to a type of drywall texture, tradesmen and retailers may be thinking of different style drywall textures depending on their region of the country.

If you are thinking of having a contractor apply a skip trowel texture to your next drywall project, make sure to see an example of types of drywall textures he has created before you approve of his of style skip trowel texture. His idea of skip trowel may vary greatly from what you are expecting. Please click on the photos in this article to see some examples of skip trowel drywall textures.

skip trowel drywall texture

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