I have some (very lol) limited skimming experience on walls (well A wall lol), but I appreciate ceilings are a different ball game, and I'm just wondering the best way to go about it.
It's a 1990 build house, so I'd hope there's nothing more sinister than plain old plasterboard underneath. I'm guessing the plaster aint going to stick very well to this horrible stuff, but after paint stripping an entire wall last year (previous owners had painted gallons and gallons of thick silk emulsion on a fresh wall, then covered it badly with wallpaper when it started to flake off) I'm a bit loathe to do some time consuming stripping job.
Might it be better to just rip it off and start again with fresh plasterboard (could use it as an excuse to get some electrical/lighting work done at the same time)? This is probably beyond me (more from a time point of view than skills - I pick most things up quite easily), any ideas how much a pro might charge per room assuming I've already ripped the old ceiling off - to put up new plasterboard and skim? (based on 4m x 5m rooms)
I am a plasterer
A room that size (12ft x 15ft) i would be charging £385 to board and skim
You dont have to tear down the old ceilng. you can over board screwing through the old ceiling into the joists. its warmer too.
Further more there is a chance you dont need to board the ceiling at all. you cant be 100% sure of this but as a rule of thumb. Run your finger over the artex if you dont see any powder on your finger the chances are the artex is sealed enough to pva and skim over as it is.
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