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How to Remove Artex From Walls

Updated February 21, 2017

Artex is a material that is similar to plaster and can be used on walls or ceilings. When Aartex is applied, however, a textured tool or trowel is used to create intricate pattens in the final wall finish. If you have an Artex finish on a wall and want to remove it, the process is similar to removing standard plaster. Extreme care must be used, since most Artex applied before the 1970s contains harmful asbestos.

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  1. Determine when the Artex was applied to the walls. If you did it and know that it was after the 1970s, you can proceed with removal. If you did not apply it and can't determine the application date, contact your local environmental health department and have it tested for asbestos.

  2. Open plastic dust sheets and spread them over the entire floor area. Put on thick rubber gloves and safety goggles.

  3. Apply a thin layer of a textured paint remover to the surface of the wall if the Artex has paint on top of it. Allow the product to sit for the amount of time recommend in the instructions and then scrape it off from top to bottom using a paint scraper or a putty knife.

  4. Place a chisel almost parallel to the wall with the tip lodged into one of the grooves of the Artex. Tap the head of the chisel with a hammer lightly to begin dislodging the material. Continue chiselling off most of the large pieces of the Artex.

  5. Fill a bucket with hot water and insert a stiff-bristled brush. Start at the top of the wall and scrub it vigorously using circular motions. Rinse the brush in the water often and replace the water in the bucket if it begins to cool down. Continue scrubbing until all of the Artex is removed from the walls.

  6. Tip

    You also can apply a new coat of plaster on top of the Artex to hide it rather than removing it.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Plastic dust sheets
  • Textured paint remover (optional)
  • Paint scraper or putty knife
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Bucket
  • Hot water
  • Stiff-bristled scrub brush

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.

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