Removing Texture From walls

Old 02-15-20, 03:13 PM
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Removing Texture From walls


I am looking to removing orange peel textures off the walls and trying to do it with a limited budget.

I am not too confident with skim coating a wall just wanted to know what peoples opinions on removing this to a smooth finish. Some paint was coming off the wall so the picture it to show the make up of the wall. looks like there is the texture on top of a blue colored layer. Would it be easiest to scrape off this layer down to the white layer (then prime and paint) or sand from top down to flat (thinking this may take time to do though?) would a rental dry wall sander work for this?

any thoughts would be appreciated

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Old 02-15-20, 04:05 PM
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To remove that you will need a complete skim coat to smooth out. personally I like the texture vs smooth so I'd ask why remove?
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Looks to me like you have plaster over gypsum lath. And it looks like someone applied the texture over Weld Crete, a bonding agent. So maybe it will not be that hard to scrape off. Try a stiff 4" broad knife and give it a few licks. Does it come off? Are you willing to spend the time to do the rest of it?
I would just skim before I would sand. The dust from sanding, not to mention possible lead dust is unbelievable.
Skimming is not that difficult. And I think easier on the shoulder than scraping
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When I first started applying skim coats I would do it in a checkerboard pattern. I could easily skim small areas where they would look good but struggled with larger areas. Once dry - go back and fill in the rest. That is more work than I'd go thru today as once you get decent at it, skimming the entire wall at once is a lot quicker. .... and remember j/c is very forgiving. A wet sponge or sandpaper will smooth out any defects.

When skimming over texture you don't need to apply the j/c very thick, basically all you need to do is fill in the depressions between the high spots of the texture.

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