Our Process For Hand/Custom Textures

When it comes to doing hand textures we believe there are 2 main things that must happen to ensure a high quality final product

1. Ensuring we have a true level 3 or 4 finish before texture.

For lighter hand textures, ensuring we have a true level 3 or 4 (depending on how light the texture is) is crucial to having a high quality finished product.

2. The client must watch the first sheet be textured and approve the texture.

There are many different types hand texture and there are even more names for them. Skip Trowel, Santa Fe, Pull Trowel, Stomp, Swirl, Roller, Hand Trowel and the list goes on and on. We won’t accept just hearing one of these names and then throwing up what we think it means on the walls when you might be thinking of something completely different. To ensure our clients get what they want, we require them to be present for the start of texture to approve the look.

The Steps

Step 1: Frame Walk With The Client

Prior to hanging drywall we always walk the project with our client to ensure the scope of work is 100% understood and to mark electrical boxes and plumbing stubs incase they get covered up.

Optional Step: Floor Cover & Masking

If needed or requested we will always mask off anything that needs to be protected with an adequate material to hold up the life of the project.

Step 2: Stocking

Our partners at L & W Supply, Jones Hertz & Frontier Drywall Supply help us get drywall delivered and stocked exactly where we need it for all of our projects.

Step 3: Hanging And Corner bead Or Bull Nose

Once we have the green light to start, our hanging crews get to work throwing up sheets and corner bead.

Step 4: Scrap Out

After we finish hanging we remove all scraps and left over drywall from the workspace. After all the scraps are removed we do a quick sweep of the work space to maintain a reasonably clean work space.

Step 5: Hanging Inspection

Before any mud or tape goes up, if the project does not receive a screw inspection from the city or county we conduct an in house screw inspection to insure there won’t be any issues down the road. During this inspection we are looking for screws to be 8″ oc on the edges and 12″ oc in the field, we are also looking to make sure there is no loose or moving drywall.

Step 6: Level 3 or 4 Finish

After we are scrapped out and pass inspection, our taping crews get to work and finish the drywall to a level 3 or 4 finish, meaning 2+ coats for level 3 and 3+ for level 4 coats over all tape, bead and fasteners.

Step 7: Pre Texture Quality Control Inspection

Click HERE to view our quality control manual and compare our level 3 and 4 inspections.

Step 8: Hand texture

Once our level 3 or 4 is done we get started putting up the hand texture, we do not prime before texture unless requested by the client and we only use all purpose mud for the texture, other types of mud may not adhere as well and may come off the wall easily.

Step 9: Final Clean Up

All projects will have the floor scraped flush enough to put in flooring on top without issue, will be fully swept and any mud on finished non drywall surfaces will be fully cleaned off. If requested the driveway/ exterior entry will be hosed off if the client provides a hose and water.

Step 10: Final Quality Control Inspection

Final inspections will be done with a light of at least 300 lumens. Inspections will take at least 10 minutes per 100 sheets, any dents or bumps that are not consistent with the applied texture will be fixed prior to priming or declaring the project complete.

Optional Step: Spray Primer

We charge between $3-$6 per sheet to prime after texture

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