The knockdown drywall texture has persisted to be well-used by homeowners due to its impressive practicality and appearance. The appearance is obtained by rolling, troweling, or spraying drywall joint compound onto ceilings or walls to achieve peaks that will look like a stalactite, then flattening the peaks using a knockdown knife. As a result, the naturalistic and mottled texture enhances the dimensional visual impact as it hides any imperfections on the surface as well. In addition, the treatment aids to mute sounds. Aside from that, what makes this type of finish more appealing is that those DIY enthusiast who knows fundamental drywall skills with affordable materials and tools can achieve this look easily. Keep on reading this article as we discuss to you an overview of the knockdown drywall finish.  

What are the types of knockdown texture? 

Knockdown texture comes in three different major types—mud trowel, stomp, and splatter. Each of them has their own look and needs distinct techniques and tools.  

Mud Trowel 

Mud trowel is also known as skip trowel. This kind of technique gives a more subtle and flatter look than stomp or splatter. It can be achieved by using drywall mud with a curved-blade drywall trowel that’s 18-inch or wider. Then, the mudded area will be skimmed once again using the cleaned trowel. What causes the mud to exactly skip the ceiling or wall is the curved trowel. This leaves a thin texture of quarter-sized and round globules on 50% of the surface. It would take a lot of patience if you want to do hand troweling, which makes this technique a lot more time-consuming. 


Among the three types, stomp is arguably had the most prominently textured look. Also, compared to mud trowel or splatter, stomp has a higher elevation off the surface. It is achieved by thinning read-to-mix or pre-mixed drywall mud and water and then using it to a ceiling or wall with a paint roller. Then, a stiff-bristled brush will be stomped into the mud. Lastly, the mud will be flattened using a basic knockdown knife that leaves a finger-like texture on 60% or more of the surface.  


The most prevalent knockdown texture would be the splatter.  

It has the classic appearance of the lace stucco of Spain that was inspired by lace veils. It is created first by spraying the surface with the help of a drywall hopper gun packed with either joint compound powder or wet drywall mud mixed with water.  Then, the developed peaks are flattened with a knockdown knife to create a low-profile raised texture that encompasses 40% of the surface. The application can surely be a little messy, specifically upon spraying a ceiling. Also, since a drywall hopper gun is needed, this method needs more primary setup time compared to mud trowel and stop. However, as soon as you have mastered it, the application will be less tiring, uniform, and quicker. 

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