A relative has bought a 'new' house and doesn't like the artex pattern on
the living room ceiling, it is "too spikey". She has had a plasterer in to
quote for a skim coat to make it flat again. He has told her that there are
too many different levels, even after a "good scrape", the new surface would
be lower that the lip of the coving. He has suggested removing the coving
(plaster), scrape, reboard, skim and re-cove with new. For this he has
quoted two men a day and a half and £450. She has asked me if this sounds
reasonable, this is where you guys come in, does it? I have no experience
of plasterers but to quote Harry Enfiels they make "Loadsamoney". Does this
quote, and timescale, seem reasonable? If it helps she lives in Leeds.
Heh! " He has told her that there are too many different levels, even
after a "good scrape", the new surface would be lower than the lip of the
Heh! " He has suggested removing the coving (plaster), scrape, reboard,
skim and re-cove with new. "
Sounds to me he's twisting more money(loadsamoney)out of her.
So why cant he just remove coving,skim and fit new coving ie he doesn't have
That does depend on the state of the existing board, I moved house 6 months
ago, and all our ceilings are artexed. Looking around, replacing the boards
looks the best idea, as there have been leaks in the bathroom (hall ceiling
saggy) en-suite (living room ceiling saggy), there are hideous downlighters in
the bathroom, utility and kitchen that use rather large holes...
My experience, based on work and quotes I've had some work done
recently - there's no short answer to this :-)
£450 for 3 man day's work doesn't sound too far off to me. The
question is more is there really 3 man days work to do there, and does
what they're suggesting actually needed to fix it? Depends on the
size of the ceiling, how bad the artex actually is rather than how bad
they say it is. The price also depends a bit on geography since
prices are higher in London area (which I am near) to other places.
Ripping of the coving sounds quite extreme to me, but I've not seen
HTH (a bit, at least!),
I've had numerous ceilings skimmed over artex. My regular plasterer used a
or something to remove any high spots and skiimed it superbly. Even did one
has a the original 100 year old cornice and no detail of the cornice was
I think he charged me less than 130 and the room is about 4m x 4m taking
room shape into account.
Did it all in less than 3 hours.
I live in Wakefield, that's excessive! It should take one plasterer and a
"lad" one day for a large ceiling, and I wouldn't even contemplate
re-boarding. As a previous poster put it, rip down coving, scrape, skim and
if wanted re-cove.
Get two more quotes, and compare. It's the only way to get a fair
I really don't see any problem with Artexed ceilings. All my ceilings have
an Artex finish (but not spikey) and I even matched a sloping ceiling area
of my hall using Artex. Unfortunately, It's very messy to work with, I
wouldn't dream of having my ceilings replastered - it's all just a question
of stupid fashion. The same applies to bathrooms - it seems to be almost a
crime these days to have anything other than white, although coloured suites
were all the rage 25 years ago. I'll be keeping my peach coloured suite for
a few years (at least it's not avocado!). However, I do draw the line at
woodchip wallpaper, plastic baths, electric showers and combi boilers.
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