How to get rid of artex on walls?

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Depends on the age

very old may contain asbestos

younger sand it off or skim over it

recent hat water or a steamer
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The way I have done it is, gets all the high points off with a scraper, Unibond  (PVA glue mix with water) the whole wall, and plaster over with a board finish. Not as messy and you have a nice smooth wall with no sign of the horrible ARTEX.

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Knock off the high bits, then remove timberwork (skirtings, architraves) and Dry Line with sheets of TAPER EDGE plaster board. Wickes have a plasterboard adhesive (like coving adhesive), put a few dabs of adhesive on the wall, stick the plasterboard on, I used a fair size timber pad and club hammer to be sure. Because this is a taper edge board you can 'Skrim Tape'  (Wickes) the joints, the taper allows the skrim to be below
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Welcome to the nightmare. You have no choice but to chip it off, damaging the original plaster in the process.

Personally, if I ever had to do this again I'd just nail plasterboard over the top of it. And start all over again.  It is hellish stuff.

A couple of years ago we were househunting. In one house there was artex. It put me
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you should be very careful about removing Artex as it could possibly contain a form of asbestos. electric sanders are the best bet but they will be very dusty. I would get some advice before tackling this job.
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You can buy a smelly solution that 'melts' the horrible stuff or as suggested by others= nail plasterboard or get a plasterer to skim coat over it - good luck.
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I agree with both 2nd and 3rd answers defiantly a nightmare and yes older stuff can contain asbestos. Even if you chip it off still wear a mask. Good luck
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With great difficulty, especially if it has been painted over, Al I can suggest is to sand down the lumps or skim over it with plaster.
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Sucks air through teeth

Do what I did, get someone else to do it.

He used a steam stripper and his huge arms.

Apparently, it's quite easy to plaster over, with less hard work and mess.
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