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Artex Smooth It

Postby paul_is_found_here » Fri May 29, 2009 6:49 pm

Hi everyone

New to the forum as i've just bought a house and will have to attempt some DIY.
All the walls in the house are covered in artex (not containing asbestos) and we're thinking of skimming it. I've read a lot on here about artex but not found anything about artex 'smooth it' which is supposed to be good at covering it up.
Has anyone ever used it?
I also looked at polycell smooth over but lots of reviewers say its rubbish.
I'm new to DIYing so need a product thats not too hard to use
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This is the link to a pdf about it google ""

Many thanks
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Postby bd3cc » Sat May 30, 2009 10:33 pm

Have never used this product, so cannot comment on it, but generally do not like pre-mixed products.
Personally would use a steamer to remove the artex. It is a long "gutty" job but worth it in the end, becauseyou can see your original walls.
Artex tended to be used either as a trendy finish or to cover a multidude of sins.
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Postby rosebery » Sun May 31, 2009 8:02 am

If "all" the walls are artexed and you plan to do the lot then I would suggest that DIY is probably not your best solution in time, cost or results terms.

Get a plasterer or three in to quote for skimming the lot.

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Postby HeatherS » Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:45 pm

I used this (or similar unbranded version) on a small section of wall (approx 1.5mx1.5m). It cost about £20 just for this, and still took quite a bit of time to do. I also ended up with quite a few air bubbles in the finished result, being only an amateur DIYer.
I would suggest this is a very expensive way of covering over artex, and probably cheaper to pay a plasterer to come and skim a room professionally instead.
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