We inherited a ceiling in our house that has previously been painted with
some form of texture coat. It looks pretty awful, so now I want to do
something about it.
It seems impossible to remove (I have tried) so I want to cover it up if I
can. The obvious answer is to replaster the entire ceiling, which seems
quite a difficult and messy job. The 'ripples' on the texture are not
particularly deep, so I was wondering about using this SmoothOver stuff from
Anyone done this, or knows anything about how effective the product is?
Our house had artex on every ceiling. Tried a water based textured coat
remover (X-Tex) on one ceiling but that was horribly messy to use and not
that effective. Ended up having to do a final sand to get it reasonably
smooth, and then line it with paper. Regretted ever attempting it.
Since then, I just bit the bullet and got a good plasterer in to skim each
room ceiling as we got around to decorating them. He wasn't that messy or
expensive. Suppose I ought to give it a go myself but its one of those
skills where to do it right (esp. ceilings) takes a lot of practice, and you
might not get enough on your own house.
Dunno about the Polycell stuff but a quick google turned up some very
critical reviews of it:
Also consider what lighting you intend to use and whether it will make any
imperfections look worse.
Thanks for that, Midge. I used the X-Tex stuff - quite dear and not very
effective. To be fair to it, though, I don't think that our stuff is artex
just some texture coating. I think you're probably right about the skimming
option - those reviews for SmoothOver are not exactly encouraging!
Our lighting does tend to show up any imperfections on the ceiling, so I
think I'll look at the your suggestion. Thanks for the advice.
If I do have a go at skimming this myself - I've done a small amount of
plastering in the past - anyone got any comments about putting a coating of
PVA on the ceiling first?
Its a naff product, difficult to apply. I wetted it to make it smoother and
it was still not anyone. Once on I let it dry and used a sander to get out
the imperfections as the tool bought with the product was naff. Trouble is
the real plaster: thistlebond or whatever is too much for my need.
I was surprised to see bad reviews of this product. I can only speak as I
find. We have gone from paper to paint on the walls of two rooms and some
of the plaster under the paper was pretty ropey. We used Smoothover, found
it very easy to use and are quite satisfied with the result. Bear in mind
however that this was on walls - whether it would be so easy on ceilings I
could not say.
Hi, I know this may sound a bit strange to say but how about just sanding
design off the ceiling. A bit messy and quite a bit of work but this
could be a
last resort idea.
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