Plaster over Artex

Plastering over Artex - Two techniques for a fresh finish

Two different ways of plastering over Artex textured finishes

If you’re ready to make a change to a textured wall or ceiling, there are two ways of plastering over Artex textured finishes.

Follow or step by step guides to smoothing over your current textured surface or creating a new texture pattern.

First steps to plastering over Artex

Whether you’re aiming for a smooth or textured surface, the initial steps are the same:

  1. Ensure surface is clean, dry and firmly bonded to the background
  2. Lightly dampen the surface with a large, wet sponge
  3. Remove any loose or prominent texture ‘nibs’ using a stripping knife (or spatula provided, if using Smooth-It kit)
  4. Apply Artex Stabilex liberally, to seal the surface, and allow to dry

Re-patterning a textured surface

To create a new textured pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Apply Artex Textured Finish over the surface with a caulking blade and allow to firm, but not dry
  2. Repeat as necessary to disguise the original pattern (the deeper the pattern, the more caulking coats will be needed)
  3. Allow the caulking to firm to the touch, but not dry, then texture as desired using a Texturing Brush or Comb

Smoothing a textured surface

The easiest way to completely smooth your textured surface is with Artex Easifix Smooth-It. Using the kit, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Spatula to load the Smoother with the Smooth-It mix and apply an even coat with firm, seeping strokes (work the first coat into the texture in different directions, to fill any gaps)
  2. After covering the entire surface, allow to dry
  3. Repeat as many times as needed to reach desired smoothness
  4. Smooth any lines with the dampened Smoother or lightly sand the surface when dry

Watch our step by step tutorial for more advice on using the Smooth-It kit to smooth over unwanted texture.

Plastering over Artex traditional textures is a great way to update any room in your home. If you’re simply looking to fix a previous pattern, check out our tutorial video about repairing damaged texture. You can also learn how to create the most popular textured patterns with our guide to Artex ceiling techniques.