How to Mix Joint Compound for an Orange Peel Texture

By Emrah Oruc
Orange peel texture, walls, ceilings
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Orange peel is a style of texture that is applied to a wall. Similar to knockdown texture, orange peel, as the name implies, leaves the wall or ceiling with a bumpy surface. Although orange peel texture is available in pre-mixed containers, it can also be made by mixing drywall joint compound with water. Both all-pourpose drywall joint compound and topping compound can be used. However, they have different consistencies, so the amount of water added will depend on the compound used.

Fill half of a 5-gallon bucket with joint compound.

Attach the mixing paddle to the electric drill and plunge the paddle into the compound.

Pour 4 cups of water into the bucket and turn the drill on to start mixing. Use a slow speed to mix.

Work the paddle up and down and around the bucket. Ensure that all of the compound is thoroughly mixed.

Lift the paddle out of the bucket and look at the consistency of the mixture. It should be soupy and runny. If the compound is too thick, add 1 cup of water at a time and re-mix. If it is too watery, add some more joint compound and re-mix.

Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, then re-mix again. When all of the lumps are out and the mixture is of a smooth consistency, it is ready to pour into a spray hopper.

About the Author

Emrah Oruc is a general contractor, freelance writer and former race-car mechanic who has written professionally since 2000. He has been published in "The Family Handyman" magazine and has experience as a consultant developing and delivering end-user training. Oruc holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in economics from the University of Delaware.