What are the Best Tips for Textured Ceiling Repair?

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Textured ceiling repair can often be a challenging task that produces less-than-desirable results. There are several important tips to make the repair process easier and less noticeable, however. For small holes left behind by ceiling hooks, lightweight spackling and aerosol spray texture usually work best. Cracks can often be easily repaired with latex caulking and spray texture. Water rings and stains can usually be concealed with an opaque primer designed specifically for ceiling use.

Textured ceiling repairs are usually more difficult because the texturing pattern and color must be well matched for optimum results. A repair made with drywall joint compound and paint rarely turns out well. A smooth patch surrounded by rough texture is usually left behind by joint compound. Ordinary white ceiling paint is generally brighter than a textured ceiling and can make a repair even more obvious. Texturing brushes and rollers typically fail to adequately match the existing pattern.

The best method for a textured ceiling repair generally depends on the type and size of the damage. When repairing small holes in a textured ceiling, it is preferable to use a lightweight spackle to avoid sagging. Apply a very small amount of the paste to the area with a fingertip. Push the spackle into the hole with light pressure. Lightly spray the spackled area with a can of aerosol ceiling texture to complete the repair.


Before using spray texture, practice on a piece of cardboard to get an idea of what to expect during the actual application. If possible, have an assistant hold the cardboard overhead during this practice application. This product is typically sold in coarse, medium, and fine textures. The appropriate type should be selected for best results. If the finished color seems too bright, an opaque-colored aerosol primer may be applied to the surface to better conceal the textured ceiling repair.

Thin cracks that form along textured ceilings can usually be repaired with latex caulking. Scrape away a narrow line of texture along the path of the crack using a small putty knife. Apply a thin line of caulking to the crack and press the mixture into the void with a fingertip. Carefully remove any excess caulking and allow the material to cure completely. Finish the textured ceiling repair by applying spray texture to the scraped and caulked area.

Water rings and stains can often be repaired without the use of additional texturing material. Apply a coat of opaque primer to the stained area and allow it to dry. If the stain is still present, apply additional coats of primer until the repair is complete. If the texture has fallen off of the water damaged area, apply a layer of lightweight spackling to the surface and let it dry. Finish the repair with spray texture and opaque primer.


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