Covering artex

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Covering artex

Post by treiziste » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:39 am

Hi can you help please.

I have a room which used to be a utility room which a previous owner has Artexed the walls. It isn’t pretty and I would like to cover it somehow. Is there a product available which I could use to skim the walls ?

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Re: Covering artex

Post by mysty » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:36 am

I just take any lumps off and give it a light plaster skim or if your not great at plastering use either crepi or plaster board glue to skim over it they take ages to set so you can get a smooth finish.
I am sure others will be able to offer other methods.
In this heat I would not touch it.
Make sure you have a good sponge and plenty of water it will take time to get a nice finish.
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Re: Covering artex

Post by Aardvark » Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:22 am

I is a monumental pain to get rid of. Even worse than the hideous wallpaper from the same era that has come back into fashion.
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Re: Covering artex

Post by treiziste » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:16 pm

Plenty of ideas there mysty, problem is I don't mind the idea of artex it's just that it's been badly done. I'll investigate your advice.

Yes Aardvark it's a pig to get rid of so I need to cover it up somehow.

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Re: Covering artex

Post by chrisell » Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:13 pm

Artex or French plaster applied ala artex?

I had the oddest walls - very 1980's in every respect - "artex" and rag roller paint together. Turned out the artex was just artistically applied plaster - or at least there were no fibres in it.

Either way wet it down - if it is artex it keeps the fibres under control - if its plaster it softens and makes the job so easy. We scraped with flat scrapers - took about 4 hours to do an entire staircase hall - then had it skimmed. Just spray with water - attack - move on.

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Post by exile » Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:16 pm

It is possibly worth reminding folk that if the Artex is of the 60s and 70s vintage it may contain asbestos. Just taking it off might then be a risk.
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Re: Covering artex

Post by mysty » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:26 pm

exile wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:16 pm
It is possibly worth reminding folk that if the Artex is of the 60s and 70s vintage it may contain asbestos. Just taking it off might then be a risk.


I had never heard of asbestos in artex when they first started doing the reports on asbestos they did say it could be in old cement then they stopped mentioning it.
It's probably it many old building products.
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Re: Covering artex

Post by exile » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:38 pm

https://job-prices.co.uk/artex-asbestos/

Looks as if it was in use until at least 1985 in Artex and possibly later in competing products.

PS. I have no idea whether the testing kit they are trying to flog is any good or not.

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Re: Covering artex

Post by bluebird » Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:36 pm

mysty wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:36 am
I just take any lumps off and give it a light plaster skim or if your not great at plastering use either crepi or plaster board glue to skim over it they take ages to set so you can get a smooth finish.
I am sure others will be able to offer other methods.
In this heat I would not touch it.
Make sure you have a good sponge and plenty of water it will take time to get a nice finish.


Yep as Mysty says, the MAP (plaster board adhesive) will bond to it for sure. I have also experimented mixing MAP / Enduit for skimming problem walls.

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Re: Covering artex

Post by treiziste » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:16 am

Thanks for the replies.

It's a good question to ask chrisell, i'm not actually sure what it is, artex or plaster.

I suppose a tedious way would be to sand the walls to get a smoother finish ?

The MAP sounds a good idea and something worth investigating.

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