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Old 05-15-2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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The plaster walls in my home have a gritty sand look to them. Did some research and seems they are painted with some type of texture paint. Looking for ways to remove this texture paint with out creating more work on repairing the plaster.

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There is no good way to remove texture paint really
Your best bet is to hope it's a lousy paint, or it was poorly prepped, and comes off easily
Mostly it involves a tremendous amount of scraping and sanding, then a large amount of patching, or perhaps even skimming the whole wall (re-surfacing)
It might go relatively easily...or it might not

Over-rocking, or putting sheetrock right over the old wall should be considered an option

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The easiest and most cost effective, would be to have a Pro apply a skim coat to all of the walls.
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How much on average does it cost to have a PRO come in to skim coat it? Would this be something a beginer could do or is it something better left to the contractor?
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A beginner could skim coat a textured wall. A beginner could even skim coat over a smooth flat wall if he knows a few tricks.

To skim coat over a textured wall:
-Simply use a plastering trowel and thin your joint compound with enough water to make it easy to spread smooth.

And, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS when spreading plaster or scraping/sanding it down, work with a bright light close to the wall or ceiling you're working on. The sharp lighting angle will exagerate the roughness of the wall, giving you a much better idea of where the substrate needs more plaster and where it has to be scraped or sanded down to make is smooth. When it looks OK under such critical lighting, it'll look perfect under normal lighting.

Also, you con't need to make the wall FLAT. You just need to make it smooth. If your eye sees no roughness in the surface, your brain will interpret that to mean the wall is also FLAT for lack of evidence to the contrary.

If you want to skim coat ove a smooth surface, there's two ways to do this:

A) Spread some joint compound on your wall with a "V" notched adhesive trowel, and then mist with a spray bottle and flatten with an ordinary plstering trowel until it's smooth. Since you spread the same amount of joint compound on the wall with the V notched trowel, your skim coat should be pretty close to a uniform thickness.

B) Spread some joint compound on your wall with a "V" notched adhesive trowel, allow to dry. Then, holding the trowel upside down, fill in the trowel ridges with more joint compound using the un-notched edge of the trowel.

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