Apply textured paint, quickly and easily [+video]

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 10, 2022
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Textured paint is paint that appears grainy when applied to the wall. The grainy structure gives a nice effect.

With textured paint you create a relief on the wall, as it were.

Structured paint is therefore ideal for refreshing a wall or for making irregularities disappear. It will soon look professional.


I will explain to you how to apply textured paint correctly. It is best to do this with two people.

Apply textured paint for a nice effect

Applying textured paint is not as difficult as you think.

The advantage of applying textured paint is that you can make the unevenness in the wall disappear.

Of course you have to repair holes and cracks in advance with putty, because you will of course see these.

The structure in textured paint is created by the addition of sand grains. It also gives an industrial effect and looks great with a concrete floor.

Structure paint is now available in different colors and grain thicknesses.

You have fine grains for a subtle effect, or coarse grains for a more pronounced effect.

You need this to apply texture paint

  • putty knife
  • Wall filler
  • painter’s tape
  • cover foil
  • Stucloper
  • Primer or fixer
  • large paint tray
  • Fur roller 25 cm
  • texture roller
  • textured paint
  • Optional latex (for color)

This is how you calculate how many liters of paint you need per square meter

Applying texture paint step-by-step plan

Roughly speaking, you take the following steps when you start painting with textured paint. I will explain each step further.

  • Free up space and put plaster on the floor
  • Masking windows and doors with foil and tape
  • Remove old paint layers with putty knife and softener
  • Fill holes with wall filler
  • Prime the wall
  • Apply texture paint with a fur roller
  • Re-rolling within 10 minutes with texture roller
  • Remove tape, foil and plaster


Before you start applying textured paint, you need to make good preparations.

First you will remove any old layers of paint. This is best done by stabbing with a putty knife or using a soaking agent.

Then you will fill any cracks or holes with an all-purpose filler that dries quickly.

Then you apply a primer and wait at least 24 hours. Then check whether the wall or wall is still powdering.

If you have found that it is still powdering, apply a fixing ground. The purpose of this fixer is to ensure good adhesion of the textured paint.

Then you will cover all the window frames, skirting boards and other wood parts with painter’s tape.

Don’t forget to put a plaster runner on the floor, because textured paint creates quite a bit of waste.

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Apply texture paint with two people

Applying textured paint is best done in pairs.

The first person rolls the textured paint onto the wall from top to bottom with a fur roller.

Then apply a second layer of textured paint. Be sure to slightly overlap the first lane and paint wet in wet.

The second person now takes a texture roller and also unrolls from top to bottom.

Also overlap the second track slightly.

And so you work until the end of the wall.

Why I advise you to do it in pairs is because you only have 10 minutes to go over the textured paint with your texture roller, the paint will then dry.

Your result will be more even and more beautiful, and without streaks.


When you are ready, you will immediately remove the tape for a tight result. Also remove the foil and plaster.

When the textured paint has hardened, you can apply a colored latex over it. It is also possible that you have the textured paint mixed on color in advance.

Do you want to get rid of textured paint? This is how you efficiently remove textured paint

I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.