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Plastering over artex - updates on thorny subject !

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by fairplay, 15 May 2019.

  1. fairplay

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    I know this is a common question but a search finds quite old threads. What is the modern thinking on the best method. Ideally I would like a plasterer to skim directly over it after correct preparation - which would be what? It probably is late 80's and not containing asbestos but I don't especially want to remove it. It is swirly and relatively smooth, probably with some sort of vinyl emulsion over it.
     
  2. Nige F

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    Febond blue grit ( if shiny vinyl emulsion) then a 2 coat skim
     
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    Need to scrape it down to remove high spots.
     
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    Why not use x tex it’s a blue jelly like paste and to comes off smooth and even if it did have asbestos, it wouldn’t become airborne
     
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    I removed mine with a steam stripper
    It made a mess but lots of polythene sheets made the tidy up easy
    Possibly not the approved way though
     
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    Tiger I am interested how big was your artex ? I did you have to sand it after?
     
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    How big? It was a kitchen that is maybe 8 feet wide by about 16 long.
    The pattern was a stippled finish with several layers of paint.

    I didn't sand it. There were a few holes that could have been filled.
    But as I had the whole room skimmed (the walls were bad) the plasterer did the ceiling

    I am pretty certain I could have achieved an acceptable finish by spot filling
    artex is sometimes used as a cover for poor ceilings though
     
  8. fairplay

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    Well I had it done by a local plasterer. High spots scraped off, bluegritted and then skimmed. Looked ok when he left. When dry looked possibly a bit patchy or uneven. After mist coating and several coats of Dulux Matt Vinyl Emulsion it still looks patchy and uneven. Still, it hasn't fallen down and I think I can live with it.
     
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