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Is there an easy way to remove Artex?

We have some Artex in our living room that we would like to get rid of or cover. It is quite thick in places (about an inch) as it was put on in a style that looks like butter spread on a slice of toast. What would be the easiest way of getting rid of the Artex it or hiding it? Could we sand it down it the thickest places and then put up a thick coat of fresh plaster over the top to hide it? Or should we sand it right back and then skim the wall? Or is there a product that can be bought specifically for removing artex?

How long after plastering can you paint a 'mist' coat on and what is the ratio water to paint? Thank you!

Super replies guys, feel confident to tackle the job now!
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Would a professional plasterer use one coat plaster?

We've had our living room re plastered and the result is pretty poor in places, especially around sockets and near corners. The plasterer used one coat plaster which I've never come across before. I've had other jobs done and the plasterer's always used pink gypsum and the results have been much better. I want to get this guy back to improve the finish but need to know if other plasterers use this stuff.

external render

i'm thinking of rendering an external entry wall on my property.can you tell me the ideal mix/ratios of materials and also what type of sand do is best to use? also,what additives do i use? [i.e. plasticiser/waterproofer etc.......] and how much of this do i need to use?

How smooth a finish can i expect from skimmed walls and ceiling

I have just had some walls and ceilings skimmed and i am unsure of what i should expect as i have never hired a plastere before.

I have spent quite some time filling in scratches and sanding it down before i could paint it. i also had to fill and shape some corners because the plasterer said that was not his job as he was not a decorator.

Is this the finish one should expect after having trades men in or should a skimming job be ready for paint without me having to do any work?

Why is it that I apply two coats of PVA to a ceiling or wall that after a certain time it starts to reject the skim

Hairline cracks appearing in new plastering work.

We had our daughters' bedroom re-plastered week before christmas. All old plaster was removed completely, walls boarded and new plaster applied. Now, 4 weeks later, I am finding cracks appearing everywhere in the bedroom. We also had the hallway and stairs re-plastered and the same thing is happening there too. We paid £1,100 for the work and before I ring the tradesman up I'd like to know where I stand and what I should be saying. Appreciate any assistance.

What type of plaster for outside wall?

Is there a type of plaster that should be used for a outside wall?

Plastering help required!

We are renovating the two living rooms in our terraced house & I am wanting some help on a few things.

I understand that 2 coats of multifinish is recommended. (they are old walls, some areas have been plastered previously - we have taken off the loose plaster plus any crumbly bits). We did upstairs ladt year but only did 1 coat and it needed a lot of sanding for a smooth finish.

1. What is the recommended PVA dilution? There is various conflicting amounts on here, some say 1 part pva & 4 parts water, 50/50 & 70/30? Also would you put the 1st coat of PVA on 24hrs before and then wait till the 2nd coat is sticky before plastering?

2. With regards to the 2 coats of multi finish..? Am i right in understanding, the first coat fully dries before the 2nd coat is plastered..? Also will it require less sanding with 2 coats?

3. We have very high ceilings and it is wallpapered..? Would you say this can be skimmed without having to remove the wallpaper?

Finally, is there anything you could recommend in order for a smooth finish..?? I.e. less sanding?

Many thanks.

What do we need to do about cracked render?

When we bought our house six years ago the surveyor noted it had been poorly rendered. Over the past couple of years I've notice more cracks appear in the surface across the house. Can these be repaired or do we need to replace the render? How much is a job like that likely to cost (2 storey, semi detached double fronted house approx 12 meters wide) - ballpark figures would be helpful - I don't even know if it's hundreds or thousands! Also as slightly stupid question but is render coloured? the house is a cream colour and it doesn't look like it's been painted as there is no flaking - or could it be some alternative coating has been used (it's smooth not rough) Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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