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    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 3rd Oct 17, 6:15 AM
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    How to remove artex?
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    How to remove artex? 3rd Oct 17 at 6:15 AM
    My staircase has a stippling artex type of finish. I can see faint lines, as if it was covered by lining paper before this finish was applied.
    Is that what it is, and how will I rove it?
    I quite like it, but where there has been building/electrical work done, it looks terrible.

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    • Myrtle
    • By Myrtle 3rd Oct 17, 6:47 AM
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    Spray with water, leave for about 10 mins then peel it off with a scraper. That's what I did with my ceiing artex. Worked a treat.
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    • By photome 3rd Oct 17, 7:07 AM
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    Mine is awful, i cant even touch it without it turning to powder, but I have had one ceiling skimmed,without the need to remove it, that worked
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 3rd Oct 17, 7:19 AM
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    Another vote for skimmed , if you scrape it off it still needs skimming so just skim flat as is
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    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 3rd Oct 17, 11:11 AM
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    Another vote for skimmed , if you scrape it off it still needs skimming so just skim flat as is
    Originally posted by Browntoa
    Its on the top half of the staircase, with a wooden rail, then wall paper at the bottom.
    So I would probably need to remove the wooden trim and skim the whole lot, it is not think like some artex, but thin and sharp.

    • stator
    • By stator 3rd Oct 17, 11:34 AM
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    Before you remove artex you need to test it to see if it contains asbestos, or you need to assume that it does.
    If so, use x-tex, which is messy
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    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 3rd Oct 17, 1:31 PM
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    If the ceiling has been papered or it is an old lime plaster & lath construction that had distemper applied before the artex, skimming is only a short term fix.

    Assuming the ceiling had been papered, the bond between the two won't cope with another layer of plaster. The water will soak through and you could find the whole lot coming down.

    If the ceiling had distemper applied in the past, then any new plaster will certainly fall down within days.

    Then again, a friend has a fairly new build house (about 20y old) with artex ceilings - You don't have to look very hard to see the joints in the plasterboard. 4' (1220mm) spacing gives it away.. In this situation, a skim will certainly cover the artex without any problems.
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    • societys child
    • By societys child 3rd Oct 17, 2:03 PM
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    a stippling artex type of finish
    Originally posted by sevenhills
    it is not think like some artex, but thin and sharp.
    Artex tends to be thick and smooth to the touch, even when "patterned and swirled" . That sounds like a textured paint. Imagine matt vinyl paint with sand mixed in. (it wasn't sand, but you get my meaning). I think Johnstones used to do one, might have been "Ripple-tex" or something.

    *Disclaimer: Think it's unlikely to be Artex, but I can't see it from here
    Last edited by societys child; 03-10-2017 at 2:28 PM.

    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 4th Oct 17, 11:33 AM
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    Artex tends to be thick and smooth to the touch, even when "patterned and swirled" . That sounds like a textured paint. Imagine matt vinyl paint with sand mixed in. (it wasn't sand, but you get my meaning). I think Johnstones used to do one, might have been "Ripple-tex" or something.
    Originally posted by societys child
    I have tried to scrape it off, and it does just seem like wall paper which has been painted.
    Wish I hadn't started now, all the wall to do

    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 4th Oct 17, 11:43 AM
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    How far apart are the seams in the paper ?

    If the ceiling is plasterboard, you could be trying to remove the paper facing.
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    • PhilE
    • By PhilE 6th Oct 17, 1:23 AM
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    Get it tested for asbestos before doing anything.
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