Plaster removal decision
I bought a house with my husband and we just moved in last weekend. We are painting a few rooms to start off with but everything needs to be remodeled. My question today is about our plaster ceiling. I am not sure if it is plastered on the metal lath or if it was plastered onto drywall. After doing a little research on the forums it seems a little more likely that it was plastered onto lath. Our house was built in '83. The plaster is a nice pattern and still in good shape. There is only one area where is has a crack and could probably be fixed easily. Only the ceilings were plastered. My husband wants to sand off the plaster and replace it with texture and paint. So here are my questions...
1. Has anyone ever tried to sand off plaster or any other removal method that would not involve completely replacing the ceiling?
2. Would you suggest leaving the plaster in place and trying to paint it?
If we do not replace it we will have to paint because the previous home owner did not tape off anything she painted so it is all over the first inch or two of the ceiling (never mind the adjacent walls). Plus, the plaster is really dirty and there are dust bunnies hanging off the tips of the pattern. We cleaned off some of them, but the rest of them are too tall to reach right now. All help and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.