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wem 03-01-2008 03:19 PM

Smoothing out skip troweled wall texture
I tried searching for an answer first but couldn't find it (might have been looking wrong, so sorry if this has been answered before). My wife and I had our bathrooms remodeled a couple years ago, and because of a miscommunication (my fault :huh: ) our contractor did our hall bath with a knocked down texture. Our master bath was done with a smooth texture, which is what we wanted in both bathrooms.

I am finishing up some flooring and painting projects in two weeks and have been eying the hall bath walls....I haven't been able to find an answer to how I might go about getting a smooth texture on my walls.

The issues are that the texture has been primed and painted (obviously)...I have no idea what I would need to do to smooth them out. I figure sanding would create a big mess and likely damage the drywall...was thinking of trying to even the texture out over the existing rough texture, but wasn't sure what I'd need to do to prep the surface (of if that would be a smart thing for a DIY're).... can I go about fixing this? My wife will be out of town for a week and I am taking time off work to finish stuff to surprise her when she gets back. Money is tight, but I am even open to hiring someone to do the work to fix it, if I know what needs to be done.

Thanks for the help!

AtlanticWBConst. 03-01-2008 04:15 PM

This all depends on the texture that was applied. A low profile skip trowel can be smoothed-out thru skim coating. We have done it multiple times in rooms, stair wells, on ceilings, and in basements.
A hi-profile texture, obviously is much more difficult, since the "peaks" of the texture are much more pronounced.

Will it come out perfect, to the point that you could shine a bright light up against it and not see anything? NO

As far as painted texture walls are concerned; it doesn't matter if the textured walls have been painted. The only thing that affects the skim coat from that stand point, is that it will take much longer for the coats to dry.

The only way to find out how this will look (your skills), is to try tackling a small area.

You have to apply a "scratch coat" of compound. This coat is thicker than the others that you will be applying. It fills-in the irregularities of the texture.
When that coat dries, you need to scrape/sand any ridges left. Then apply another coat, but this time thinner.
When that dries, also scrape and sand it down smooth.
Apply a third thin coat, allow to dry, and then give the areas a FULL sanding.
Last: Go back with a bright halogen light and "touch-up" any irregularities.

Good Luck

Handyman50 03-03-2008 11:57 AM


Originally Posted by AtlanticWBConst. (Post 103338)
Apply a third thin coat, allow to dry, and then give the areas a FULL sanding.

Last: Go back with a bright halogen light and "touch-up" any irregularities.

Good Luck

As always good advice from AWBC.

At this point, I usually apply a coat of primer. My friend, who has been a drywall/painting contractor for over 30 years, recommended this method to me. It will help bring out the imperfections when you use the bright halogen light. Then, touchup anything that you don't like and finish it off before painting.

I don't do this everyday like a pro. So, I have to do what makes it easy for me.

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