Can anyone tell me what this it?

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Old 10-28-13, 07:55 AM
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Can anyone tell me what this it?

I looked at a home this weekend that was built in the 70's and apparently has not been touched since then. It was like stepping back in time. The wall treatment is something I have never seen before. Wondering if anyone knows what it is and if it could be sanded or scraped off? Anyone ever dealt with anything like this before? Please see the attached photos.
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Old 10-28-13, 08:14 AM
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I dont think you can skim coat it to get that smooth. I dont think it can be scrapped either with out damage...

IMO I would just paint it... That is until you have the funds and time to rip it out and re sheet rock...
 
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I just keep wondering WHO would do that? Was that a popular texturing technique in the 70's? Never seen anything like that before. But I was sure hoping I would not have to re sheet rock.
 
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I've seen/painted it before but always wondered what the person was thinking when they had it done I've seen accent walls or maybe a single room textured that way but never an entire house I would think a house for sale with that wall treatment would rate an automatic price reduction

While I don't know for sure, you should be able to scrape it down and then skim coat the wall although it might be easier/quicker to rip it out and replace.

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Thank you! I'm with you on the price reduction
I think we will try to scrape it first and just see how that goes.
 
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Old 10-28-13, 10:04 AM
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You might try misting a part with water to see if it softens the texture. Probably not if it's been painted, but worth a try. May help keep the dust down as well.

I have seen that giant ugly texture before...but I can't tell you where. As mentioned, normally it was just on one wall.
 
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It appears to have been painted [probably more than once/twice] so water isn't likely to have any effect although once you scrape off the worst of it, water should help then.
 
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