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How To Fix A Crack In A Textured Ceiling

Updated on June 30, 2017
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Ashish Dadgaa is a Construction Manager with 10 years of experience in the Industry. He writes about Home Improvement and maintenance.

A textured ceiling is a very popular technique for the house ceilings. Though it's quite a popular type of covering for ceilings it can be difficult when attempting to clean or repair. Ceiling damage repair, whether a large hole or a small crack, doesn't need a high skill, just the ability to stand on a ladder and smooth spackling compound correctly. The tricky part comes when you want to re-create ceiling texture, particularly if your ceiling is heavily textured. You can usually replicate the texture with just the spackle if you are only repairing a small area. Practice the texture on a part of scrap drywall before you start retexturing so you can resemble the look of your ceiling as nearly as possible. Let's see in more detail on how to fix a crack in a textured ceiling.

8 Hours
Under $100

Tools and Materials


  • Roller For Texture
  • Sanding Paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Putty Knife
  • Safety Glasses
  • Dust Mask
  • Mud Pan


  • Patching Compound
  • Texture Mixture
  • Paint
  • Moist Sponge
  • Stain Sealant
  • Dust Protection Sheet

Roller Selection Before You Start

If you want to get as much paint on the ceiling as you can in the shortest amount of time possible while reducing spatters. You will require the best roller cover you can buy. The ideal choice is a 3/4 inch nap cover. If you have never tried a lambswool roller cover, you should owe it to yourself to experience the diversity. If you are bothered about the cost, keep in mind that lambswool covers are simple and easy to clean. It can last a long time if you take good care of them.

Step 1

Fixing a textured ceiling can be a really messy job. That's why you need to cover up the floor utilizing a dust protection sheet before you do start your ceiling texturing work. If any of the ceiling texture is cracked then scrape it away utilizing a putty knife or a scraper.

Step 2

Sand down the areas around the cracked patches which have now been scrapped. On plain ceilings, it's a great idea to start with a quick once-over sanding with 100-grit drywall sanding paper. This assures an absolutely smooth paint job and improves paint bonding. The simplest way to do this is with a sanding pole. When you are finished with sanding, clean the ceiling with a moist sponge to eliminate the dust.

Step 3

Apply drywall mixture to the cracked areas of the ceiling by utilizing a putty knife. Assure that you smooth the mixture down utilizing the putty knife so that it's as smooth as feasible. Allow the mixture to dry before you do anything else so that the mixture doesn't drop.

Step 4

After leaving the mixture to dry you require to sand the area down lightly by utilizing a piece of sandpaper. Try to ensure that the surface of the drywall is as smooth as feasible.

Step 5

If you are repairing water stain cracks or damage then you must apply a layer of stain sealant to the repair. This will prevent the stain from coming through again. This will also prevent problems created by the stains happening again as they bleed through the ceiling.

Step 6

You should utilize a texture repair kit to restore the cracked texture. There are actually numerous of various kits available which suit various types of textured finishes. There are several tricks to making a consistent coat of texture on the ceiling. First, work in a small area then move swiftly from one area to the next to ensure the texture along the edge doesn't dry before you roll the adjacent area. This is known as a “keeping a wet edge” and is the secret to avoiding overlap lines. You will get the best coverage by instantly rerolling each area at a right angle to your first roller direction as you move forward.

Step 7

At first, select the right paint color to suit your ceiling. Painting the ceiling a color can create a small room seem bigger, or a room with a higher ceiling appear more intimate. Additionally, it’s just more exciting. After that repaint the textured ceiling utilizing the paint so that the restoration is thoughtfully merged with the rest of the ceiling. This will create the repair pretty much unnoticeable.

Step 8

After you have completed the work you can immediately remove the dust sheet. It is essential that you do this precisely to avoid any possibility of paint dropping onto your rug or anywhere else. After that, you must clean the brushes so that the paint does not dry on them and spoil them.


  • Paint the textured area after the spackle dries completely. Apply a primer and let it dry, and then paint over the primed area with the selected color.
  • Drywall texture sprays come in cans like spray paint. You spray them over a smooth drywall patch to add the required texture. These sprays work fine with denser textures, such as popcorn, that are hard to re-create with spackle alone. Again, try the spray on a scrap piece of drywall before using it to the ceiling.
  • A similar texture isn't always simple. If you aren't happy with your final outcome, scrape off the texture before it dries and try once again.

Following Mistakes Should Be Avoided

  • You should not utilize an extra amount of texture, you only have to match it with existing texture. You must decide the amount of texture to apply on the ceiling. This is a matter of trial and error. It’s beneficial to start with too little and then add a second or third coat as required. Applying more is much simpler than trying to eliminate it. Ensure that you wait until one coat has dried before you apply the next coat.
  • While you are repairing a textured ceiling, do not spray on the texture. You will have limited control and the patch might look like little more than a tacky repair. It’s better to utilize a roller. It will take longer, but if you do it properly and take your time, the patch will be seamless. For spraying, you will require special skills and techniques.
  • You should never neglect to sand. You cannot just scratch an area to repair, you will need to sand the adjoining area so that you will able to combine the texture accurately. First, discharge all the old texture from the area you want to repair then sand edges around it. By doing this you will combine a lot better the textured ceiling.

Health and Safety

Texture rolling and painting on the ceiling showers you with fine particles. A head cap is necessary, and safety glasses let you observe your work without squinting. To make skin and face cleanup easier, rub lotion on your arms, hands, and face. At the end of the day, your paint patches will wash right off.

© 2017 Ashi


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