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Repairing an Artex ceiling

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by Casall, 2 Feb 2017.

  1. Casall

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    A few years ago there was a leak in the roof of my top floor flat and water came through the bedroom ceiling. A few people have provided a quote for repairing it, the highest being £500. Surely it cannot cost that much and as it does not look too difficult, so I would like to give it a go myself. Has anyone got any experience with this kind of DIY job?
     

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  3. roy c

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    If is is Artex on the ceiling then it wouldn't be easy to match it in. Also you would have to strip the Artex off along the joint that has opened up! So it would be better to "Prep" the ceiling and skim over it and flatten it out.. Ask the boys who quoted you what actually was they going to do to the ceiling.
     
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    I beleive they were going to skim the ceiling with 22ct, gold plated plaster. It's a lot dearer than multi finish, but well worth the extra,,,, not!!
    £500 is a rip off.
     
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    Why not have a go yourself . . . 'cos it's easy peasy lemon squeezy innit.

    £500 sounds about right for a proper job.

    Of course, if someone were to come along & attempt a cheap repair, you would never be happy with the less than perfect result . . . would you?
     
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    It's a stipple pattern the easiest to patch , I wouldn't like to chance skimming that artex looking at it from here, as Roy said I would also like to know what the quote invovled
     
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  8. Is it artex, or just paint that been gone over many times; and if it's artex, how old is it. They stopped adding asbestos to artex about 20 years ago, so it's possible that the plasterers are playing safe, and overboarding the ceiling, but that'd mess up the coving, so as others have said, you need to check what they are proposing, and maybe get a couple more quotes.

    Read this https://www.mybuilder.com/questions...e-artex-in-our-ceilings-have-asbestos-in-them
     
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    The Artex that it is made of contains asbestos, because I had a survey done a few years ago. A few people who I have asked for a quote have said that they are not interested. I believe a license is needed for any kind of work related objects that contain asbestos. My neighbour who works in health & safety suggested that I could just cover it with epoxy resin and then either paid over it or cover it with stipple pattern Artex.

    I cannot find the original paper quote of £500, as it was quite a few years ago. If I remember right they suggested replacing just the cracked part of the ceiling, not the whole ceiling. Still, £500 sounds like a rip off.
     
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    BTW, just found the quote, which was actually £600, not £500. It includes cutting out damaged section of the ceiling, fitting new section, skimming ceiling to flush finish, Artex ceiling and painting it with two coates of matt emulsion.
     
  11. As it's going to take several visits to do that, then the price sounds reasonable; but I'd get someone to skim the ceiling, and then paint it myself.
     
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    Think the quote reads skim patch to flush then artex the patch then paint not skim whole ceiling
     
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