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    • nwc389
    • By nwc389 4th Sep 17, 4:18 PM
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    Coving and artex removal
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    • 4th Sep 17, 4:18 PM
    Coving and artex removal 4th Sep 17 at 4:18 PM
    Our house was build late 1980s , the living room has an artexed ceiling with a plaster decorative ceiling rose and coving with a pattern on.
    The ceiling decoration is hideous and we can't stand it any more so it looks like we are going to end up having to get the ceiling re done . My OH hates the coving but I'm not sure about taking that down as it would probably mean the walls would be damaged .
    Has anyone done anything similar that can offer any advice?
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 4th Sep 17, 7:10 PM
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    How much of a lip is there on the coving? If there's at least 8-10mm where it meets the ceiling you should be able to have the ceiling skimmed without it looking too odd, assuming the artex pattern isn't too deep.
    • illusionek
    • By illusionek 5th Sep 17, 5:48 AM
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    I would check it first for asbestos as well. If there is any it should not be disturbed.
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 5th Sep 17, 12:25 PM
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    • 5th Sep 17, 12:25 PM
    You are going to have the ceiling re-plastered anyway so I would take the coving down and see how it looks. It's probable that the tops of the walls aren't finished because it was known they would be obscured by coving. Then take advice on the cost of making the walls good vs. fitting plain coving.
    • PhilE
    • By PhilE 5th Sep 17, 2:32 PM
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    • 5th Sep 17, 2:32 PM
    Could be asbestos in the artex, get it checked before touching it. If it is asbestos, get pro advice on how to proceed.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 5th Sep 17, 3:24 PM
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    • 5th Sep 17, 3:24 PM
    Could be asbestos in the artex, get it checked before touching it. If it is asbestos, get pro advice on how to proceed.
    Originally posted by PhilE
    No need to have it tested if its just being skimmed over.
    • IM
    • By IM 5th Sep 17, 4:12 PM
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    • 5th Sep 17, 4:12 PM
    Sorry to hijack the thread, but I have a vaguely similar question...

    My landing has good old wood-chip on the ceiling, but two different types/patterns.

    It looks like when there was an extension built, the builders papered the new ceiling but made no attempt to match things up - the join basically looks like they ripped a piece to fit the gap.

    I've not got the time, inclination or funds to remove it and/or re-skim the ceiling. To be honest, it's only me that's bothered by it - no-one else looks up and sees it.

    Was thinking about using a thick piled roller and some textured paint to cover the full ceiling in the hope giving a consistent finish (albeit not one I'd necessarily choose myself).

    What are folks' thoughts on this as an approach? Will artex cover up wood-chip, or will it exaggerate the differences between the two surfaces?
    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 5th Sep 17, 4:17 PM
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    • 5th Sep 17, 4:17 PM
    Anything wet like plaster or artex you put on over the wood chip is likely to dampen it, release the adhesive and allow it to be lowered to the floor for closer examination.
    • Furts
    • By Furts 6th Sep 17, 8:55 AM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 8:55 AM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 8:55 AM
    pva prime the woodchip and I suspect this will penetrate and this should stick it to the ceiling. If it comes away then you have the default answer.

    This should also aid the application of the textured coating. Not something I have done, but I have used plenty of pva in all sorts of places. So my gut instinct is go with it.
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