Artex Ceilings removal

Hi, I have just bought a house although, in good condition, I don’t like the Artex ceiling in the house, so looking to create smooth Ceiling walls in the whole house.

Can you suggest the best solution for it that does not cost too much?
I am based in Feltham, West London

Asked by Zirram on 10th Nov 2021
Expert Trade Answers
"Approx is 10£ per meter square to do this job.. so you can calculate and know how much you are going to pay ... you can find someone with 8-9£ but an average is 10£ a square meter .. thank you"
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Oct 2021 - report
"You can either steam the Artex off or PVA the area then skim the area to get your smooth ceiling"
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Nov 2021 - report
"Hi, the best solution for Artex ceiling is to PVA with blue grit first, leave to dry 24h, 2 coats of skimming over to level the everywhere I do it this way all customer very happy. Good luck"
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report
"You need to scrape back the Artex so that any loose bits come off then PVA glue the ceiling and wall.
Then you can skim plaster finish"
Answered on 11th Nov 2021 - Member since Nov 2019 - report
"Hi the easy way and the cheapest way is to take off all the ceiling and put new Plasterboard create new ceilings, plastering, base coat after final paint"
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
"If you get the Artex tested for asbestos then the quickest and cheapest solution is to scrape it down and PVA then skim it.
If it does contain asbestos then maybe look at over boarding the ceiling then skimming it."
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
"Hi. My name is Francis. I'm a plasterer and this is a quick message to reply to your question.
With Artex and being an old build, it may contain asbestos. With this being said the cheapest and best solution is to bond the ceiling out then skim for a smooth finish.
Bonding will cover the ceilings rough texture ready to be skimmed.. you don't want to remove the ceiling until the asbestos survey has been done which can cost a bit.
Hope this helps.

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Best regards.

Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Oct 2015 - report
"The best and cheapest solution is to apply plasterers pregrit to the ceilings and apply 2 coats of multi finish, finish plaster to achieve a smooth finish, prices vary from £150 to £250 per ceiling"
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Apr 2021 - report
"Yes, if the ceiling is in good condition, meaning no sagging or large cracks it can be skimmed over and made smooth. If the stippled effect is deep you can knock the high points down with a trowel, making sure there is no asbestos by testing it B 4 you release fibres into the air. I always use Febond Blue Grit prior to plastering over Artex."
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Sep 2021 - report
"Hi thanks for getting in touch, some Artex ceilings contain lime meaning when you plaster it could be a possibility it can peel down the following day! Unfortunately, you can’t tell which ones have it or not until you peel the Artex off a bit. Some you can PVA and replaster the ones which contain lime will need to be overboard with plasterboard and then plastered.
Hope that helps many thanks Lewis"
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
"Hi there, how old is the house? Price depends on whereabouts you live, Mostly plasters charge per square meter, Normally what we do is to use Bond Product first then Multi-Finish."
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Sep 2019 - report
"The best solution for a smooth ceiling would be to skimm over it. Artex contains asbestos which is dangerous to health when disturb. You'll need to call in a specialist to demolish the ceiling, and clean the house before installing plasterboard. You can now plaster or just do tape and jointing."
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
"Hi, there is a solution to solve the problem. you come across the old ceiling PVA special stuff and plaster again."
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Nov 2021 - report
"Unfortunately, there is no cheap option for this to get walls and ceilings flat and smooth will require all Artex to be scraped down then PVA and replastered"
Answered on 10th Nov 2021 - Member since Jan 2017 - report
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