Artex Concrete Repair

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Artex Concrete Repair
Artex creates a textured surface, mostly found on ceilings (Artex image by Hedgehog from

Artex is a popular ceiling finish, whereby the surface is textured using a material similar to plaster. It is a trademark of Artex Ltd, a UK-based firm. Widely used in the UK in the 1970s, its popularity has waned in recent decades due to the fact that it is difficult to get a seamless finish during repairs. As a result, repairing damaged Artex can be a laborious task and one that needs to be done carefully.

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Things you need

  • Dust sheet
  • Stepladder
  • Putty knife
  • Putty
  • Artex
  • PVA Sealant
  • Sandpaper
  • Stipple brush
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Bolster chisel
  • Club hammer
  • Dust mask
  • Stiff brush
  • Bucket

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    Cover all floors and furniture with a dust sheet, then use the chisel and club hammer to knock away any damaged or crumbling Artex, and use a stiff brush to remove all dust and debris from the area. You will need to use a stepladder to access areas at height.

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    Fill the damaged area with putty, using your putty knife. Let it set and dry before carrying on.

  3. 3

    Use fine grade sandpaper to give a smooth finish to the putty, and use a brush to apply a layer of sealant.

  4. 4

    Mix the Artex with water until you have achieved a creamy consistency.

  5. 5

    Brush a liberal amount of Artex onto the area that you have just applied sealant to.

  6. 6

    Use your paintbrush to create the texture that matches the existing ceiling. If the ceiling has a stipple effect, simply use a stipple brush.

  7. 7

    Let the Artex dry for 24 hours, and then paint in your chosen colour.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are repairing a large area, you may wish to cover the existing surface with plasterboard.
  • Always wear a dust mask, as older Artex surfaces may contain asbestos.

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