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stupid question #1 what is the stuff on the wall made of?

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by filthyturk, 24 Jan 2012.

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    hello everybody, have just joined the forum so please forgive my total lack of knowledge on the subject of plastering, i have many questions. I recently bought a 1950's semi that is in need of redecoration and am attempting to prioritize my baby son's room. There is only one flat smooth wall in the room, the other three are very rough, indeed, rough enough to scrape the skin off my knuckles. I don't have a clue what the material is, i can only describe it as looking like woodchip but not woodchip. Is there such a thing as roughcast plaster on internal walls? anyway if anyone knows what this is, can this stuff be scraped or sanded off the walls or is it a case of skimming over? thanks in advance
     
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    artex?
     
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    It isn't artex peaps, i have that stuff on every ceiling in the house :(
     
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    post a poc and you will get a better responsev
     
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    maybe its plaster thats been made too look like artex.
     
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    Sounds like a a rough textured paint, there was a paint (maybe still is ) around in the late 80's called Tartarooga it was an external paint and was put on by a trowel, and when that dried it was a hard textured finish. Someone may have put something on the inside like that!! Get some photos up and let us have a "butchers" ;)
     
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    Have got some pics but can't figure out how to post them. Am trying to use my phone to do it, maybe that's the problem?
     
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    Have just been visiting my inlaws and they have pretty much the same stuff on the ceiling in their bathroom. They said it was some kind of textured paint with bits in. Am guessing a floor scraper would be the tool for this job, to get the worst of the bits off the wall, followed by some rough sandpaper? Or could it just be skimmed over straight away?
     
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    correct, i would use a floor scraper to take all the heavy bits off. Once this is done paint a coat of bondit or blue grit on it. Allow todry overnight. Next day give it a coat of bonding and allow to set before skimming, if the wall isnt that heavy you wont need the bonding.
     
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    Thank you for that. I presume when you say bonding again after the first application of blue grit, you are talking about using the blue grit again? I don't know how "heavy" the Walls are, so am prepared to apply an extra coat of bonding. Appreciate your advice :)
     
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    your average skim coat should be about 3-4mm. If your textured wall is heavier than that then you will need to give it a coat of bonding first. The BONDIT or blue grit should be applied to the walls the night before plastering. Hope this clears it up a little
     
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    Just to be sure about this textured paint thing here are some pics
     
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    picture 3 looks more like textured vinyl to me.

    picture 1 looks like woodchip.

    Put a coin or something on there to show us the scale.

    Could it be painted concrete or blockwork?
     
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    thats textured paint 1000000%. it could be bought paint or home made, when people launchloads of sand etc in there own paint to get that finish. Plaster over it all, get rid.
     
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