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lprice1024
Removing Pointed Joint Compound Stucco

How do I remove 1/2 inch pointed joint compound stucco from sheetrocked walls? It looks like joint compound was put on a flat trowel,pressed against the sheetrock and then the trowel was pulled away, leaving these 1/4" to 1/2" points.

KCPumpkinStalker
Re: Removing Pointed Joint Compound Stucco

Sounds like no matter what you will have a dusty mess. How many coats of paint are on it? You could try a wall scraper of sorts that you can find in the drywall/taping tool section of a larger hardware store. Maybe the rough screen used to sand drywall. Depending on the style of your house you could try to stucco over it with the traditional stucco finish instead of points. Could also knock the points off with the scraper then have someone skim coat it and sand it smooth.

lprice1024
Re: Removing Pointed Joint Compound Stucco

There are no coats of paint over the compound. Thanks for your suggestions. Dusty mess is right.

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: Removing Pointed Joint Compound Stucco

might have been sprayed on too. sometimes joint compound is mixed with some extra water and some washed sand loaded in a hopper and sprayed on, either left to dry completely, or after it sets, is knocked down some with a trowel or float. be aware that there could be sand and or other things added to the texturized finish and protect yourself accordingly.

you might want to use a screen kit that attaches to a shop vac, and use a drywall dust bag liner and HEPA filter in the shop vac if it is compatible.

Re: Removing Pointed Joint Compound Stucco

Yes, the abundant dust is a concern in a situation like this.
Yuk! But, you can reduce the dust some by wetting the texture
before scraping. A spritzer bottle could wet a small area
that you are testing. Let it soak for a few minutes, then apply
a paint scraper or a drywall taping knife held pretty flat.

With wetting and scraping, you may be able to reduce the texture
enough that it can be skimcoated easily, burying the remainder of
the texture.

havanagranite
Re: Removing Pointed Joint Compound Stucco

its called a stipple texture, it is made up of drywall compound and can be sanded off.

lprice1024
Re: Removing Pointed Joint Compound Stucco

Yup, it's stipple texture. I do not think there was sand added.
I've attached a picture, except mine is painted white.

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remedialmofo
Re: Removing Pointed Joint Compound Stucco

Man oh man I've cut my knuckles on my stipple way too many times :mad:

havanagranite
Re: Removing Pointed Joint Compound Stucco

you can go to home depot and rent a porter cable drywall sander, because its painted get a 50 sanding disc and that should take it down and when it is just about smooth switch to 120 grit

http://www.all-wall.com/acatalog/Porter_Cable_7800_Rotary_Drywall_Sander.php

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