I was wondering whether anyone out there could offer me some advice?
I have a bathroom ceiling that has been Artexed in a very shallow random
pattern and has been emulsioned in several coats of white vinyl silk.
I wish to change the pattern which I think would involve removing the
existing coating, or would a coat of Unibond pva be the answer and then
re-Artexed whilst the Unibond is still tacky.
Any answers much appreciated.
Removing Artex is a bit of a bitch, made worse in my case because someone
used a masonary type paint for the artex!
The chap I got in to do the job took two days to sand it all down, made
enough dust to start your own desert and then skimmed it. It still wasn't
flat and he wanted to sand again, but my wife had had enough of trying to
clean an entire dust filled house so we ended up re-artexing over the lumpy
I've had limited success with a wallpaper steamer in the past. BUT be
careful, Tony's story is quite scary, as old artex often used to contain
Asbestos fibres. I wouldn't recommend sanding Artex under ANY
Very sound advice! Asbestos (white) was used in artex up to the mid 80s, and
possibly beyond (depends who you talk to). So it is HIGHLY likely that any
celing in the country with artex on it that was put-up before then will have
asbestos in it, and you really don't wanna start disturbing the stuff!
Steaming it off 'may' be safe (er), but you don't want to be making dust of
When I wanted to remove the artexing in my bathroom, I found it quicker to
just pull the ceiling down and re-plasterboard.
It hardly cost anything and I went for the tapered edge so with minimal
filling I got a completely flat ceiling.
You don't know me, so don't call me a silly sod.
I have seen many ceilings where people have skimmed over artex and I haven't
That may be down to their skill or it may not.
I see nothing wrong with replacing a ceiling. It won't lose any of its
strength if extra noggins are inserted where appropriate and you get a
perfectly flat finish.
There is no reason for future cracks, unless you don't do it properly.
Are you speaking from experience or a total lack of it?
I've removed artex and other textured coatings on many occasions very easily
using a steam wall paper stripper. In fact I have found that it comes off
quicker than stripping wallpaper. Have I just been lucky or is there some
coatings which resist this method?
Not sure if this advice is a bit late, but if you want any info on
asbestos and diy in your home, you can get free advice from Asbestos
Watchdog UK (http://www.asbestoswatchdog.co.uk ). Mail them on
firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll be able to tell you all you
need to know about the safety of dealing with your artex.
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