Ask an expert

Get free help from our community of tradespeople

Textured Artex walls and ceilings

Posted by Kevin Jones, on
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?
Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker

Hello Welcome to the site. 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. ratedpeople.com Regards Michael
Stuart Aitken

Stuart Aitken

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. Stuart Aitken Get it plastered ltd
Gary Branch

Gary Branch

The best way is to take high points off then Pva the walls & ceilings Then 2 coat finish on top for a smooth finish . Price would be slightly higher than normal G branch plastering
Martin Marchewka

Martin Marchewka

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. Regards Martin Ms interiors
DAVID HUNTER

DAVID HUNTER

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
Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald

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 .

What would you like to do now?

Find more questions Create my Job

Homeowner stories

Homeowner stories - Nick

Nick shares his story of finding local tradespeople in his new area.

app-icon

Get our app for homeowners

  • Send messages and get notifications from tradespeople
  • Add photos to get more accurate quotes
  • View tradespeople’s profiles