Skimming stair walls

13 Oct 2020
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Our stairs walls and ceiling were artexed when we moved in and the ceiling was also false (half height) so we took the ceiling down to open it up.

We were originally going to have the artex skimmed over but because we’ve opened it up - the top half isn’t artexed so the walls are completely different levels so we decided to strip all the artex off after we had it tested to ensure it didn’t contain asbestos.

Not sure if this was the right decision now as the artex has ripped off some of the plaster underneath and basically the walls are all over the place - nevertheless we’re going to get them skimmed once I’ve overboarded the ceiling and got the last of the wallpaper down.

1. Can these areas of dark grey be skimmed over directly or should I fill them out a bit with some bonding plaster before hand? I need to mix some up anyway as there are some deeper holes that need filling.

2. do I need to remove this wallpaper fully ready for skimming or can this just be skimmed over? It’s very old and almost infused with the wall so getting it off is proving very difficult (along with the height of the ceiling!!)

3. Some of the artex hasn’t fully scraped off leaving some smooth artex underneath - can this be skimmed over or should I be getting it all off properly?



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Remove all the paper. The plasterer will make good low and bad areas with bonding, applies Thistle bond (in the order he wants) and skims with Multifinish. Most of the time to get away with plastering over Artex, sometimes on the rare occasion the Artex can lift off behind the plaster. So scrape as much Artex off as you can, or at worst, use a wallpaper steam stripper on it.
When that's plastered get the guy to use mesh over. It's sits in the plaster..Buy mine from one stop plastering shop.

Artex can sealed and plastered over. A number of products can be used. Gardz. Beeline sealer. Some use sbr. Pva...
Paper needs to come off first.
Low spots need building out with bonding.
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As the others have said, All the paper needs to come off...then hand it over to your plasterer...he may bond the whole wall anyway, I would.

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