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Old 01-13-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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I've read that the old texture surfaces such as the common sand finish on ceilings can be removed with soap & hot water and skimming the old surface off with a sheet rock knife to prep for a new sand texture finish prior to painting.

Has anyone tried this method? Any advice?

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popcorn and similar textures can be removed this way. Sand texture is a bit more tenacious and will require scrapping. You could use this method since the sand coat is not very thick. Water down a tub of compound to the consistency of pancake mix. Apply with a paint roller. Then scrape off evenly with a large drywall knife held at a 45 degree angle. Do not apply too much pressure. You are simply applying an even coat to fill in over the sand.

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Why would you want to smooth it out, then go back over it again with the same thing?
Sand finish is next to impossible to scrape off because it's likly sand mixed in with the paint.
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Well, I'm trying to save the ceiling and skylight areas. When I coat with sand texture again I want it all to match. I thought sand on top of sand might look odd. Was I wrong?
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It would be better to have no texture at all, easer to clean and paint.
Put if your going with a snad finish any way I'd be tempted to try an area to see what happens by just going over what you have now with another coat of sand mix in the paint.
Far less work and mess then trying to skim coat it.
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Well I'm kind of committed now to either finish removing the sand/grit old surface and then re-coating. Or just pulling the sheet rock down and replacing it.

On the plus side there is nothing under it all but an old floor that will be getting ripped out. Thanks for your help.
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Once again for less mess just go over it with new drywall if you decide that way. Use 3" screws and make sure your hitting the rafters.
I do some test drilling first and once I find them I add painters tape on the wall to mark them.
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Joe, Thanks, a great idea. I think that would work. I would just need jumbo corner bead. I'd use 3/8 rock. Lighter & easier to handle.
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Why the wide corner bead?
Do not use less then 1/2" if you do not want it to come down from screw pops and it also would sag.
Use drywall adhesive.
Rent a drywall lift for a few hours and you could use 5/8 drywall and install it with one person. Two if there's a few corners to get around.
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Adding a sheet of 1/2" brings one leg of the bead past the past the ceiling 2x4 nailer. Any nail placed there would go into the edge of the sheet rock.

Is there a drawback to using the jumbo?

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