My house is covered in textured artex, walls and ceilings, what is the best way to get this back to a smooth plaster finish? Remove the Artex or plaster on top? Also, should this add much on to the charge of a standard plaster job?
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The best way to get rid of it would be to scrap the high spots off and the re plaster. I believe it's not going to cost that much more.
Best to get an on site survey/quotation done, this is a free service to you and you will get 3 quotes. Simply post your job onto rated people's site.
You are not obliged to go with any of the quotes- but every job that's posted is paid for by the relevant tradesmen .if they contact you that means they are interested in your job. If one of them are awarded the job then great news for you both.
To start you will Need artex tested for abestos. If no asbestos is present then the high parts can be scrapped off then glued and skimmed. If it tests positive for artex you can still plaster over it but cannot scrape high parts off so a backing plaster will be required to build walls and ceilings out. This can cause problems with skirting boards and facing because if you have to build out the wall it will cover these so they may need replaced. No matter which way you do it it will cost more than plastering a flat surface.
Get it plastered ltd
There are 2 options to get the walls to a smooth finish, it depends also what texture the old artex has, anyway artexed surface needs to be scraped off/ leveled as much as possible, painted with pva, and aither reskimmed or filled and sanded, but filling wont be cost and time effective on a thick artex surface. I think the best way is just to replaster walls and ceillings.
As long as the texture is not to thick ,it is possible to P.V.A and reskim. if the texture is thick a coat of Bonding plaster,then re skim. Worst case scenario is overboarding then skim. All these procedures will add money to a normal skim job, as the amount of materials is greater
The artex gets scraped then pva then 2 coats of plaster to leave the walls good as new.
If u decide to try and remove the artex it's a very messy job and the walls will probably need plastered anyway.
If u put your job on rated people 3 tradesmen can buy it and give u a free quote.
U will get an email with our ratings and pictures of our work.
Hope this helps Andy at AMD Plastering .