Best Alternative for Sealing Asbestos in Artex Ceiling in New Property


Postby DreadHead » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:54 pm

Hi, I'm a total newbie to any DIY or home improvements at all, but have just become the owner of my little dream home which is in need of some updates.

There's just one dark cloud on the sky: Asbestos in the ceilings and floor tiles. I knew this when purchasing the place though, and despite winding myself up at times by Googling scary articles, I'm mostly comfortable with it, having done both a management survey and a satisfactory air test telling me the risk is "very low".

But for that extra peace of mind (call me paranoid if you want to), I would like to have some extra layer put onto those scary popcorn ceilings, and was wondering if anyone here could give some advice or thoughts on what the best/safest solution?

My two alternatives now seem to be:

1) Use this "et150" paint that is supposed to give a rubber-like coating ( http://www.thermac.com/product/et-150/ ). I have actually gotten some quotes from asbestos removal companies for doing this work. They're all around £1000 which seems a bit high to me for basically just painting the ceilings of a 60m^2 property, assuming of course there isn't something special with this sealant that would make it advisable to have a licensed asbestos contractor do it rather than just an experienced painter... or even myself trying to get some experience in painting :)

2) Get the thing plastered over first, then paint the nicer-looking flat ceiling. Any downsides to this, anyone could think of? (except for the obvious one that you'll need to be really careful not to accidentally scrape the original coating when applying the plaster). I have already heard that the extra weight of the plaster could be a problem actually making the ceiling more likely to crumble... is this actually the case?

Or perhaps a combination of both? As in skim *and* use the encapsulant rather than regular paint. Even though that sounds way overkill...

Any helpful advice much appreciated!
DreadHead
Rank: Labourer
Progress to next rank:
0%
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:24 am

Sponsor

Gorilla Glue heavy duty grab adhesive

Postby welsh brickie » Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:09 am

its best to apply a pva solution on the ceiling first, then a coat of carlite bonding to level the ceiling out, then a final coat of finish plaster.
So long as the ceiling is not bowed, and solid, the weight of the new plaster should be fine
welsh brickie
Rank: Project Manager
Posts: 2596
Joined: Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:54 am

Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by



  • DIY How to Project Guides

  • DIY how to tutorial projects and guides - Did you know we have a DIY Projects section? Well, if no, then we certainly do! Within this area of our site have literally hundreds of how-to guides and tutorials that cover a huge range of home improvement tasks. Each page also comes with pictures and a video to make completing those jobs even easier!



 


  • Related Topics