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Postby hopwood » Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:14 pm

We have recently moved into an Edwardian semi. It is a lovely house, but the previous owners saw fit to coat most of the walls and ceilings with Artex, and in some rooms it is very thick.

The first room we are working on is the sitting room. Our builder proposes plastering over the Artex on the walls to create a smooth surface. However, this extra layer of plaster would would make the ceiling too heavy, so here he suggests removing the existing ceiling completely and putting up plasterboard. He thinks it should be possible to preserve the original cornice.

I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience and can offer some advice. Thanks.
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Postby James » Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:42 pm

Several things.

1. Artex contains asbestos, so not everybody will want to get involved. Use a dust mask.

2. It comes off with a wallpaper steam cleaner. Messy.
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