Summary: Learn how to remove artex or plaster over artex.
Artex is the trade name for a water-based textured covering used on ceilings. Before selecting your method for removing Artex, remember that it may have been applied in the first place to cover a ceiling in poor condition and that removing it will result in you having to re-plaster or replace the ceiling. Also, consider that Artex applied to plasterboard can be difficult to remove without damaging the plasterboard.
Before commencing with any of the methods below, be aware that Artex applied more than thirty years ago may contain asbestos and it is extremely unwise to sand down or scrape without seeking the advice of an asbestos specialist. Contact your local council for more information.
If working from a stepladder, be careful not to overstretch. You may need to prepare a work platform from which you will be able to reach the ceiling without over stretching.
Artex can be steamed off using a wallpaper steamer but this method is both slow and messy. Another disadvantage is that the steam plate can damage the ceiling if held against one area for too long. Painted Artex is not suitable for steam removal. If you wish to use the steam removal method here are some useful guidelines:
Artex can also be plastered over, but the ceiling's surface must be prepared first.
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