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Removing wall texture

Purchasing a home that has 2 textured walls.  They look stucco-esque.  How hard will this be to remove and how do we do it?  We are new to DIY but eager to learn.

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Posted 2013-04-22T00:59:09+0000  by hjs hjs




Heavy textures, especially those which have been painted over a few times, are quite difficult to remove.


Unfortunately, in the long run, it might be easiest to actually remove the old drywall and start over.

However, there are also a couple other alternatives, none, of which is particularly attractive either.


First, you could run a sander over the walls to try and knock down the high spots. Then trowel on a couple thin layers of drywall compound until the wall is evened out. You will want to use "topping compound", due to its much easier sanding. Also, use a sanding block to minimize waviness of the wall.  After sanding, it should be primed and finish coated.


But perhaps your wall has too much texture for the above meathod. In this case, it is possible to take a sharp razor knife and literally slice off the top white paper of the drywall, leaving the pulpy brown drywall paper which is beneath it.  The remaining brown paper is then sanded to remove any flaky paper. Now the brown paper is sealed with an oil based primer to solidify it and act as a moisture barrier. All patching materials, such as drywall compound, contain water which would cause the brown paper to wrinkle up . Once sealed, a couple thin coats of drywall topping compound can be troweled over the entire wall. When dry, it is sanded and finished as stated above. I have personally used this system in my old house with good results.


This method is A LOT OF WORK, as are the other methods, but they are not brain surgery. They just require tedious, messy work and minimal expense.


As stated, you might just want to bite the bullet and change out the drywall.


It is also possible to laminate over the old wall with 1/4 inch drywall. this however has its own problems, such as knocking out the alignment of the baseboards and casing trim.


One final alternative: call a plasterer and have him put a thin coat of plaster over the entire wall. This would be faster and less mess, but more expensive. Plaster may be put over old walls surfaces after the application of a bonding agent. This meathod would not knock your old casings out of alignment . The plaster would merely be feathered  into the old casings.


Hope this has given you some insight as too your options. Good luck!


Posted 2013-04-22T02:22:23+0000  by ordjen
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