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Old 02-10-2007, 10:32 PM   #1
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We just bought a home and the previous owner.....I'm not sure what it's called but it looks like they took mud and then swoosh it across the walls in all different directions so when dry, it leaves raised stroke marks in the drywall.

I know it will be messy but how do I retreat back to textured drywall that originally came in the house? Could I just run my electric sander over it until it was flat and just have it re-textured? Quite a bit of work?

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We just bought a home and the previous owner.....I'm not sure what it's called but it looks like they took mud and then swoosh it across the walls in all different directions so when dry, it leaves raised stroke marks in the drywall.

I know it will be messy but how do I retreat back to textured drywall that originally came in the house? Could I just run my electric sander over it until it was flat and just have it re-textured? Quite a bit of work?

Thanks,
Jeff
Best solution (dependant on the 'height' of the 'swooshes') is to take a sand pole and give it all a good sanding, knocking down the highest peaks of what is on the existing walls (assuming that it doesn't have paint over it). Texture can hide a large amount of surface issues on walls. A smooth skim coat may need to be applied initially - to get the surfaces more uniform, prior to applying a new texture surface....

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Hand sanding all that would suck! I'm assuming it was painted as well.

Try out your electric sander, but you are gonna get dust everywhere, you should seal off that room, and where a dust mark and goggels!

Oh, and yeah that sounds like a ton of work!
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They are selling the "ALIKE" one now... so cost less... you can sell out once finished using....

I got one and waiting for it's arrival...
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They are selling the "ALIKE" one now... so cost less... you can sell out once finished using....

I got one and waiting for it's arrival...
Just so you know: There are specifics to using that particular sander so that you don't leave swirl marks....
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Hand sanding all that would suck! I'm assuming it was painted as well.

Try out your electric sander, but you are gonna get dust everywhere, you should seal off that room, and where a dust mark and goggels!

Oh, and yeah that sounds like a ton of work!
If you have ever used a sand pole: It works ALOT faster and when making large quick strokes, will accomplish ALOT more over a larger area .... than using a 'hand sander'.....
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I have used a sand pole, but it was the ceiling of my old garage, just the seams, not entire walls. It made my shoulders burn!
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I have used a sand pole, but it was the ceiling of my old garage, just the seams, not entire walls. It made my shoulders burn!
Yeah...ceilings are very tough, doing the walls are much easier....
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If I can find a pole sander to rent, what grit paper do you recommend?
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If I can find a pole sander to rent, what grit paper do you recommend?
First off, buy a pole sanding pad ($14.99?).... and use a painter's pole to do it (Screws into the sanding bracket pad)

You could try and start out with a course grit (60grit), since you want to take down areas. The finished texture will go over that surface, so it doesn't matter what it looks like after the sanding...just as long as it's smooth and somewhat more uniform ...
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ok, thanks.

One more quick question....will a drywall guy come out and texture just one room or is that too small of a job? Can all drywall shops do texture or do I have to call around and find a specific texture place? I'm thinking maybe some drywall guy on craigslist might be able to re-texture it for me?
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ok, thanks.

One more quick question....will a drywall guy come out and texture just one room or is that too small of a job? Can all drywall shops do texture or do I have to call around and find a specific texture place? I'm thinking maybe some drywall guy on craigslist might be able to re-texture it for me?

Call around...We will do any job from building custom homes to installing a single door...

FYI - NOT every drywall-guy can do good texturing.

Be weary of the guy that 'says' he can, but is actually just a handyman with alot of self-confidence. Get a pro. Don't be afraid to ask for samples and references....Call around and you will find the 'right' person for what you need done...

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