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dwolfe
Removing Textured Walls and Ceiling

Hello,

We would like to know if you have any suggestions regarding removing textured walls and ceilings. We have read on various websites that we have 3 options...1. spray the texture with water and then wipe off texture, 2. sand the walls and ceiling with a special sander 3. use a special paint that magically removes the texture. Note that the texture has been painted over.

We would like the walls and ceiling to be smooth. What is the cheapest and most efficient way to do this? Do you suggest special paint or special equipment that could help get the job done.

Thank you so much in advance.

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Removing Textured Walls and Ceiling

You did not mention what the "texture" actually is. That could be many things using many materials. Are you sure that you are not looking at horse hair plaster?

If something as cheap as skim coat bucket joint compound, I would remove all the sheetrock and install new. That way you will be able to do many things while the sheetrock is removed. Sheetrock is only about $8 per sheet. And a couple of high quality sheeters can have the old out and the new hanging in about 3-5 days, depending on the complexity of the walls and ceilings. But the real time will be used to apply the mud(joint compound). Don't skimp on this quality. Only high quality workers will wipe the walls down before each coat of mud. It will not stick to dust.

Then you may paint, wall paper, or what ever you like and you know that the surface will be perfect.

Andrew

HandyAndyInMtAiry NC

dwolfe
Re: Removing Textured Walls and Ceiling
HandyAndyInMtAiry wrote:

You did not mention what the "texture" actually is. That could be many things using many materials. Are you sure that you are not looking at horse hair plaster?

If something as cheap as skim coat bucket joint compound, I would remove all the sheetrock and install new. That way you will be able to do many things while the sheetrock is removed. Sheetrock is only about $8 per sheet. And a couple of high quality sheeters can have the old out and the new hanging in about 3-5 days, depending on the complexity of the walls and ceilings. But the real time will be used to apply the mud(joint compound). Don't skimp on this quality. Only high quality workers will wipe the walls down before each coat of mud. It will not stick to dust.

Then you may paint, wall paper, or what ever you like and you know that the surface will be perfect.

Andrew

HandyAndyInMtAiry NC

Thank you so much for your response. This house was built in the 90's and the textured walls seem to be pretty common around here. I don't think we will be able to remove sheetrock. It is all over the house and ceilings. There is nothing wrong with it, we just don't like the textured look. I didn't know if sanding or painting would give us best results.

Thanks again!

Julie Weller
Re: Removing Textured Walls and Ceiling

I have a similar problem, but what I want to remove is a poorly done popcorn ceiling. It has 1/4+ deep popcorn that has been painted 2-3 times. Should I try to remove all of it, sc**** down what I can and have somebody (good) re-mud it, or some other idea? In the very long run, I hope to cover the ceiling with tongue and groove wood.

Clarence
Re: Removing Textured Walls and Ceiling

To remove texture look for a plastering tool called an Angle Plane.
It will remove all the high points or all of the coating.

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