quick way of removing textured paint?

10 Oct 2003
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does anyone know if there is a quick way of removing textured paint (think it is paint with sand in it, not sure) from a ceiling? I've tried using a wallpaper stripper, but that didn't really help (paint is directly on the plaster ceiling rather than on paper). Best so far is heat with a hot air paint stripper and scrape it off, but that is pretty hard work. Any suggestions very welcome...
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Textured Paint Remover ! It is a difference type of paint stripper
what is textured paint stripper? is it something I can buy from B&Q or similar? also I'd prefer to steer clear of anything too toxic (e.g. nitromors etc) as my wife is pregnant and it probably isn't a very good idea to expose her to solvents
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I have a similar problem in my bathroom. It must have been a craze as my mate also had it in a couple of rooms in his house. What he did was scrape all the lumpy bits off as much as he could and then got in a plasterer.

I want to try the DIY way first so I shall try using a wallpaper stripper and if that fails then Nitromors Textured Paint Remover. I don't mind buying the stripper as it will come in useful for other jobs and only costs £20.
Although the original post by Benm is nearly 6 YEARS old:
That type of stuff was called Polytex. The best way to sort it out is to give it a coat of pva and plaster over it. All over in one go.


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