Q: Is textured paint easier to use than creating texture with joint compound?
A: Using pre-textured paint can be easier because it saves you the extra steps. But pre-textured paint applies a little differently than normal latex paint. For one thing, you need a special texture roller nap to apply the paint. The special nap has sponge-like voids that pull the thick paint off the wall, creating the relief in the painted surface. After you’ve primed the wall, just roll it on. The trick is to try to keep a consistent amount of paint on the roller. If your roller is sopping and dripping with paint, it will go on the wall thickly and can produce a more fluid, liquidy texture. However, if your roller only has a moderate amount of paint, the spongy voids of the nap will leave less paint on the wall and give the texture a “drier” more prickly appearance. Consistency in application is the key to success.
Also, because it’s so thick, a gallon of textured paint will not last nearly as long as a gallon of standard latex. So be sure to purchase plenty of paint.