Removing plaster wall pattern/texture


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Old 03-14-12, 04:07 PM
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Removing plaster wall pattern/texture

I have a wall pattern in what used to be a closet (3 sides), I think made out of plaster. We have opened the space up by removing the doors and wall around the door and want to remove the pattern and paint it the same as the rest of the room.

Any idea what the best way to remove this texture is? Go to town with my 5" random orbit sander and some 40-60 grit (and a good dust mask)?

The 3 walls are probably about 5'8' for the back, and 3'x8' on the sides

Thanks for your help!
 
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Old 03-14-12, 04:15 PM
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I'd scrape down the texture best I could and then skim coat the walls with joint compound. Should be a lot easier and cleaner than sanding.
 
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Old 03-14-12, 04:58 PM
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Skim coat is what I'd do as well.
 
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Old 03-14-12, 05:33 PM
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perfect, just got the tools to do sheetrock, i'll grab another bucket of joint compound and skim it with a 10" trowel.

2 or 3 thin coats of all-purpose joint compound, dry between coats, sand the final? That the basic idea?

Here is a picture of the current wall texture:


Thank you again for the advice. hopefully it comes out smooth after painting without noticeable sanding/joint compound un-eveness (that even a word?)
 
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Old 03-14-12, 07:09 PM
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Thin coats and sand after the last, yes. How many coats is harder to say but two seems close.

Then prime and paint.

And, of course, post your 'after' pictures for us to see.
 
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will do, maybe be a few weeks before it's actually painted, there's about 4 simultaneous projects going on in the same room
 
 

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