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    Hairline cracks in an artex ceiling


    I had the ceiling in our living room artexed about thirty years ago. Recently a hairline crack has appeared near the coving running the full length of it. What has caused the crack, is it dangerous and how do I repair it ?

    Asked by Michael on 19th Apr 2021
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    "2to3mm bead of decorators chalk in 1 continuous line then glide wet index finger along chalk bead in one continuous motion job done"

    Answered on 29th Jun 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Mackenzie Plastering

    "It is just the Building moving, all structures move after being built in some way, it's not dangerous, as the other answer said just run decorators caulk along the crack and paint."

    Answered on 1st Aug 2021 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    Darren Lucas Plastering limited

    "Shrinkage.....just use decorators caulking in a tube, that will sort it"

    Answered on 19th Apr 2021 - Member since May 2020 - report
    Arg Services

    "You can pull down the coving which is the problem but do it carefully so you don't damage the rest of the Artex ceiling, put new coving up and make good and fill the crack in the Artex.
    If the damage is too bad still replace the coving and replaster the ceiling with new Artex or with the modern-day smooth finish."

    Answered on 16th Oct 2021 - Member since Apr 2020 - report
    Tonez1plasteringsouth based in blackpool

    "Knife out use filler leaves slightly unfilled the painter mate best both and any expansion"

    Answered on 12th Nov 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
    PJM Plastering

    "No, the crack will not be dangerous, it's a common thing that happens. As it is artexed it is best to leave until you want the ceiling done. The best option would be to overboard and skim however there are different options available."

    Answered on 16th Jan 2022 - Member since Sep 2018 - report
    DPD Plastering

    "Skim the crack then PVA and skim or a coat of bonding over the artex then skim."

    Answered on 16th Aug 2021 - Member since Jan 2018 - report
    L.L plastering & handyman

    "30 years is a long time. The plasterboards start to sag, cracks appear etc. Nothing dangerous. You could locate the joist with a joist detector, add more screws to secure the plasterboards back to the joist and then score the crack open with a Stanley knife then fill and sand."

    Answered on 13th May 2022 - Member since Apr 2022 - report
    GE Restoration

    "This is quite normal with movement I would open a crack to 2/3mm and fill below the surface with corking when dry use a fine filler to finish"

    Answered on 27th Jan 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
    G&M Decorators

    "depending how big and wide it is . just calk it smooth it over and repaint"

    Answered on 26th Jun 2022 - Member since Apr 2020 - report

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