How to Remove Drywall Texture

What You'll Need
A large cover sheet
A floor scraper
Warm water
A large cloth
A sponge
A sander
Some wall compound
A plastering trowel
Surface primer
A paint brush

The process to remove drywall texture can be an easy one. Drywall comes complete with many defects, lumps and bumps that can be removed to leave a nice even finish to a wall in any home. Here is a simple procedure you can use to get the job done.

Step 1 - Scrape the First Layer

Cover the surrounding area of the drywall before you work on the first layer. Using a hand scraper will take a long time and could prove to be tiring. Your best bet is to hire a floor scraper. Use the scraper on small parts of the wall. Remove any points, lumps and bumps that are visible to the naked eye.

Step 2 - Scrape the Second Layer

Use a large cloth soaked in water to cover the entire wall. Use a power hose if you can get your hands on one. Water will automatically start softening the textures which will make them easier to scrape off. Use the floor scrape to go over the wall a second time. Be careful with the amount of pressure you apply as you do not want to damage the wallboard underneath.

Step 3 - Sand and Apply Compound

Once you have scraped down to the surface of the wallboard, use sandpaper or a sander to smooth out any uneven points. Wet the wall again before you start. Use your hand to run over the surface of the wall and sand any areas that still stick out. Wipe the entire wall with a large clean cloth or sponge to remove any debris from the surface. If you use a sander, be careful that it does not overheat.

You now need to apply wall compound all over the wallboard. Do this with a plastering trowel. Cover the wall in a thin layer of compound and try to be as even as you can. The compound will act as a barrier that defends the wallboard and will preserve the structural integrity of the wall.

Step 4 - Sand

Use the sandpaper, or sander, on your new wall until you have got it as flat as possible. Again, use your hand to feel for any points sticking out from the wall and sand them accordingly.

Apply a second layer of compound to areas that need to be filled in. Use small amounts and press them onto the wall with high degrees of pressure. This will ensure that any deep gaps are filled. Use sandpaper again to get an even finish and clear away any debris that has fallen during the process of the job.

Step 5 - Clean and Paint

Finally, use a cloth to wipe the surface of the wall with warm water. Use some surface primer to paint your brand new wall. This will get it ready for stronger, more adhesive paints and will help this paint to stick and give a glossy finish. Apply a custom color paint or wallpaper to finish.