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Old 01-29-2008, 06:45 PM   #1
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Whats the best way to remove orange peel wall texture?

I removed the old standard 90 degree corner beads in my house and will be replacing it with vinyl 1-1/2 inch Danish bullnose.
I'm finding it necessary to remove the existing latex-painted orange peel texture adjacent to the old corner bead ...The texture is fairly bumpy and thick (up to 1/8 inch), so the new bullnose just does not sit right.--I don't think I'll have a choice but to somehow remove the texture so the bullnose flanges can sit properly.--Laying the new bead directly on top of the existing texture would make for a very obvious high bump after the mud work is applied.
1) What's the best way to scrape down the texture? Hand sanding with coarse paper works, but is very slow and tedious. What about using a belt sander? What grit sand paper should I use?

2) How much beyond the edge of the flange should I sand to accomodate any leveling and feathering-in to the existing texture. I'll be using a pro to come in and spray match the texture.

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:00 PM   #2
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Add a 1/4" to the depth of the corner profile. A belt sander is a little overkill. Try a paint scraper. It's a wood handled tool with a steel 90 degree angled blade on the end. It should take you about 1/2 an hour to clean the 2 sides. Clean up with a dust pan.
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Like the previous post, you'll need to cut back the sheetrock a little more for bull-nose than square corners. If the paint scraper starts cutting into the sheetrock too much, which can happen with the painted walls. You can use a orbital sander on low speed, watch out for the dust. I agree that a belt sander is overkill and will start grinding back the paper quickly.
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